Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop South

Chicago Theater

architect

C.W. & Geo. L. Rapp

location

175 N. State St.

date

1921

style

Beaux-Arts

construction

terracotta clad

type

Theatre
 
 
   
A distinctively American building type, the motion picture palace provided a fantasy environment in which the fantasies of stage and screen could be enjoyed. This Beaux-Arts style Classical Revival building, with its elaborate decoration and grand proportions, was one of the first such buildings in the nation and is the oldest surviving in Chicago. Its upright sign and marquee, alone, serve as an unofficial emblem of the city. Its architects also designed the Uptown Theater, another Chicago Landmark.

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
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