Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Harris and Selwyn Theaters

architect

C. Howard Crane and H. Kenneth Franzheim

location

180-190 N. Dearborn St.

date

1922

style

Italian Renaissance

construction

rendered masonry

type

Theatre
 
 
Built by New York theatrical producers, Sam H. Harris and Archie & Edgar Selwyn, at a time when the legitimate theater flourished, these "Twin Theaters," as they were called, were designed for stage productions. The Harris was designed with Italian Renaissance details; the Selwyn was based on English Classical styles. Among the actors who appeared in performances here are Ethel Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Charles Laughton, Tallulah Bankhead, Mae West, Boris Karloff, and Audrey Hepburn.

links

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