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Fine Arts Building

This is an archived listing.


410 S. Michigan Ave.




Solon S. Beman, 1885


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. The property also houses the Studebaker and Playhouse Theaters, which are each undergoing extensive restoration efforts.

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Archived In

2015 , 2016 , 2019