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Fine Arts Building, Chicago

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Theaters, Concerts & Shows, Tourist Spots
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The ten-story Fine Arts Building, also known as the Studebaker Building, is located at 410 S Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park in Chicago in the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District. It was built for the Studebaker company in 1884–5 by Solon Spencer Beman, and extensively remodeled in 1898, when Beman removed the building's eighth (then the top) story and added three new stories, extending the building to its current height. Studebaker constructed the building as a carriage sales and service operation with manufacturing on upper floors. The two granite columns at the main entrance, 3ft in diameter and 12ft high, were said to be the largest polished monolithic shafts in the country. The interior features Art Nouveau motifs and murals dating from the 1898 renovation.Currently, true to its name, it houses artists' lofts, art galleries, theatre, dance and recording studios, interior design firms, musical instrument makers, and other businesses associated with the arts. It also holds offices of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Grant Park Conservancy, the World Federalist Association, the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Boitsov Classical Ballet School and Company, and the venerable Artist's Cafe, known to generations of late-night diners. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 7, 1978.
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  • The Fine Arts Building offers a fascinating glimpse of architecture in the early 1900s. It showcases art from its earliest artists on the top floor and hosts an interesting selection of artist studios...  read more »
  • Strolling along Michigan Avenue (Michigan avenue), on the corner of the left side sits another attraction of Chicago fine arts building. The building is leased for more than 100 years under art studios, editorial magazines, Ballet classes, here also show movies. Be sure to scroll to the fine arts building. Next, you will be able to continue the journey to the area of the Congress.
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  • The renovated theater in the Fine Arts Building is a gem. New seats, walls and balcony are perfectly executed. It captures the beauty of the original historic room. It is worth your time to stop in an...  read more »
  • An excellent reminder of the old style of Chicago. Worthy of a second visit. Few places I've seen where there is still an elevator operator present.
  • Artistic people will love this place.
  • Great place with lots of interesting exhibitions.
  • What a delight! Be sure to visit this building, completed in the late 1800's and originally home to the Studebaker Carriage Company. There's almost too much to list of interesting things here. The elevators are tended by human attendants who must operate them for you. There is a classic old theater space on the ground floor just waiting for restoration. There's an outdoor courtyard on the fourth floor that reminds me of spacesi in New Orleans. There are artists studios, instrument makers, sheet music providers, piano dealers and lots more geared toward the artistic set. After spending a couple hours exploring, head back downstairs to the ground floor and enjoy a meal in the Artists Cafe, another Chicago original. This is a destination you'll be happy to add to your Chicago architectural tour!
  • Memories of my grandmother taking me to the Fine Arts Building on Saturdays for piano lessons, stopping at the Fine Arts Restaurant next door for lunch, and walking down Wabash Ave looking for piano lessons. Ceilings covered with gold, the architecture itself will draw you into the arts whether it be the violin, piano, your voice. Give your family some great memories of Chicago.
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