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Auditorium Building

Adler and Sullivan, architects

 

— 1889 —

 
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By William J. Toman, August 26, 2010
1. Auditorium Building Marker
Inscription.  The extraordinary engineering talent of Dankmar Adler and the architectural genius of Louis Sullivan created this building to reflect the cultural maturity of Chicago. Combining hotel and office space with a splendid theater, the Auditorium was a turning point in Sullivan's career and a milestone in the development of modern architecture.
 
Erected by Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Illinois, Chicago Landmarks Commission, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists.
 
Location. 41° 52.552′ N, 87° 37.475′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of South Michigan Avenue and East Congress Parkway, on the right when traveling south on South Michigan Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harold Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blackstone Hotel
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By William J. Toman, August 26, 2010
2. Auditorium Building Marker
The marker is on the inside of the corner support of the building, in the lower left.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The DePaul Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); State Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grant Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dearborn Street (approx. ¼ mile away); The Morton Building / Hotel Blake (approx. ¼ mile away); The Donohue Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Regarding Auditorium Building. Frank Lloyd Wright worked at Adler and Sullivan during the time that firm designed the Auditorium Building. According to David V. Mollenhoff, Madison: A History of the Formative Years (2nd ed.), p. 220, in 1888 Wright became a draftsman for the firm, where "he rose quickly because of his uncanny ability to visualize three-dimensional space, his facile drawing skill, and his remarkable creativity. Louis Sullivan became Wright's mentor, and the two men often talked late into the night at the firms downtown Chicago offices."
 
Also see . . .
1. Roosevelt University. (the current occupant of the Auditorium Building) (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
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By William J. Toman, August 26, 2010
3. Auditorium Building
The South Michigan Avenue side of the building.
 

2. Auditorium Theatre. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
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By William J. Toman, August 26, 2010
4. Auditorium Building
The South Wabash Avenue (left) and East Congress Parkway sides of the building. The theatre entrance is visible in the lower center.
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By William J. Toman, August 26, 2010
5. Related Markers
These markers are just above the Auditorium Building marker.
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By William J. Toman, August 26, 2010
6. Related Marker
Another marker on the South Wabash side of the building, which reads as follows:

Auditorium Building

Erected: 1889
Architects: Adler & Sullivan

The Commission on Chicago Architectural Landmarks by authority of the City Council of Chicago has designated this building as an architectural landmark.

In recognition of the community spirit which here joined commercial and artistic ends, uniting hotel, office building, and theatre in one structure; the inventiveness of the engineer displayed from foundations to the perfect acoustics; and the genius of the architect which gave form and, with the aid of original ornament, expressed the spirit of festivity in rooms of great splendor.

City of Chicago
Richard J. Daley, Mayor
February 11, 1960
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,220 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 27, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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