Building ID588 
Branch or Building Name Harold Washington Library Center 
Address 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 
Original Use


Architectural Firm Hammond, Beeby & Babka, Inc. 
Architects Location Chicago, IL 
Principal architect or designer  
Construction Year
(Start - End)
1988 - 1991  
Opening day October 4, 1991  
Square Footage 756,640 
Unique Features

Exterior features granite base, red brick cladding with cast stone insets, festoons and scrolls, green clad aluminum curtain wall window system at the pediment and west facade, green standing seam roof with a glass cross vault above the winter garden. As a design element which caps the classical styling of the library, the architect has added foliated aluminum ornamentation at each of the four corners of the roof and above 3 of the 4 faces of the pediment. Each of these seven foliated ornaments has a sculpture of an owl nestled in the foliation. 

Dedication plaque?

Note: Eight exterior shots taken from Robert Morris University building, June 2009