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Meet Me in the Lobby: Exploring Chicago Interiors

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This class will explore some of Chicago’s most storied public interiors through a series of readings and walking tours.

The Palmer house, Chicago, illustrated. 1876. Call number: folio F548.625.P35 P35

Class Description

This class will explore some of Chicago’s most storied public interiors through a series of readings and walking tours. The rise of speculative skyscrapers in the late 19th century prompted developers to commission elaborate decorations for the lobby spaces of their buildings. We will examine the history of this phenomenon, paying attention to the evolving roles played by the lobbies of a variety of buildings in Chicago’s business districts and tourist areas.

Diane Dillon is a Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library. She has a PhD in the History of Art from Yale.

Materials List

Required:

  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

First Reading:

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $255 ($230 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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