Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northwest

Thalia Hall

architect

Frederick E. Faber and William F. Pagels

location

1215-25 W. 18th St.

date

1892

style

Queen Anne

construction

Brick

type

Theatre
 
 
Built as a hall for meetings and for musical and theatrical productions, this building was named for Thalia, the Greek muse of comedy and pastoral poetry. Typical of such halls, this design incorporated retail and residential facilities, which helped to support the theater financially. Unique among buildings of this type is its interior theater, which was modeled after that of the Old Opera House in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where many of the residents of the surrounding Pilsen neighborhood had emigrated from.
 

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