Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northeast

Yondorf Block and Hall

architect

Frederick Ahlschlager

location

758 W. North Ave.

date

1887

style

Queen Anne

construction

limestone, cast iron, red molded brick and terra cotta.

type

Public Hall
 
 
The Yondorf Block and Hall is an important example of a "public hall" building, an important building type in 19th-century Chicago that typically contained meeting rooms used by civic and fraternal organizations. The building is unusual in that it contains a rare surviving second-story theater that is virtually intact (the theater is used by Steppenwolf Theater). The building was an important landmark for several generations of Chicagoans of German descent, housing cultural events and meetings of civic groups and visually anchoring one end of North Avenue when it was Chicago's premiere shopping street for German-Americans. It is a distinctive example of Victorian architecture with fine craftsmanship and detailing, especially in limestone, cast iron, red molded brick and terra cotta.

links

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