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Fine Arts Building

Address

410 S. Michigan Ave.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: Closed

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Solon S. Beman, 1885

Description

The Fine Arts Building was originally a carriage assembly plant and showroom for the Studebaker Company. It was designed by Solon Spencer Beman and opened in 1885. An extensive 1898 remodeling converted it into a home for what is now one of the nation's oldest artist communities. Its rented studios, offices and shops have housed some of the city's most illustrious literary and artistic talents, including Frank Lloyd Wright, sculptor Lorado Taft and Wizard of Oz illustrator W. W. Denslow. The interior features stunning Art Nouveau decorative details and murals dating from the 1898 renovation. The building continues to house art galleries, theater and performing arts studios and other arts-related businesses.

Visitor Experience

Admire the beautiful Venetian Court, step inside the Studebaker Theatre, and explore ten floors of historic artist workspaces.

More Info

Part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre trail.

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre

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