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Preston Bradley Hall

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 November 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

View up the main staircase of the Chicago Cultural Center toward the Preston Bradley Hall which contains the largest known Tiffany stained glass dome.

Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis. The country’s top architects and craftsmen used the most sumptuous materials, such as rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008.

In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.

Photo captured September 13, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/3.5 ISO 800 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a wonderful sense of space this carries . .

24 Nov 2014 6:37am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Good capture of this beautiful interior architecture.

24 Nov 2014 9:46am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Superb capture. Beautiful interior.:-)

24 Nov 2014 10:49am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Superb point of view with amazing details

24 Nov 2014 3:13pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful interior architecture. Amazing details. Beautifully captured. I like this. :)

24 Nov 2014 3:39pm

franz from Baden, Austria

the perfec environment for a noble undertaking!
those were the days when there was enough money to be spent on cultural activities ...

24 Nov 2014 5:19pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A grand image of this beautiful building that's being put to good use. There are so many wonderful details here.

24 Nov 2014 6:15pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Perfect interior exposure. Wonderful level of details and light.

24 Nov 2014 7:00pm

aIDa from guilan, Iran

wow ! what a wonderful design !
I wish one day to see the Library :(

24 Nov 2014 10:22pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning image of this magnificent place ... the architectural details are spectacular !!!

24 Nov 2014 10:51pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A spectacular building. The architecture and attention to detail is stunning! I would love to visit there!

25 Nov 2014 1:04am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It is so beautiful. That must be your favourite place in the world.

25 Nov 2014 2:42am

@Michael Rawluk: Could you tell by how many times it was tagged? :-) It would definitely be a great photo shoot for anyone.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel intérieur avec des coupole ce plafond en carré le contraste la fine architecture superbe plafond et vue.

25 Nov 2014 3:17am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

intéressant lieu

25 Nov 2014 12:19pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Beautiful, Steven and my first thought was of looking up at the lights at Ellis Island.

26 Nov 2014 12:38am

@Judy aka L@dybug: I can see why you were reminded!