Building ID1339 
Branch or Building Name Chicago Public Library 
Address 78 E. Washington St.,
Chicago, IL 60602 
Original Use


Architectural Firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge 
Architects Location Boston, MA 
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Unique Features

Classical Revival-style exterior appearance and its interior spaces are based on classical Greek and Italian Renaissance precedents. The interior is extensively decorated with mosaics, marbles, bronze, and two stained-glass domes designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company.  

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Publications? Yes
This is the first permanent structure of the city's public library system. The building's architect was the Boston firm that succeeded the office of Henry Hobson Richardson, designer of the Glessner House.  
Note: Current use: Chicago Cultural Center Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 15, 1976