Grand Staircases of Chicago – then and now

Daniel Burnham’s 1925 Union Station, is one of the last Beaux Art buildings in Chicago.

It’s Grand Hall with the Tennessee marble staircase  was immortalized on film in the famous baby carriage scene from The Untouchables.


Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Michigan Avenue Apple Store: All about Glass. I love its elegance and sophisticated simplicity.

At the art gallery, complementing the outstanding Classics, Moderns and Surrealists, the old and the new is intertwined in the two magnificent staircases:

The  OLD: Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge Beaux Art Building houses the classical multi-winged staircase recently adorned with the charged work of the contemporary artist, Jitish Kallat : a permanent text installation called Public Notice 3 .

The NEW: Renzo Piano’s white wing opened in 2009. It houses the appropriately located floating steel and wood staircase, Renzo’s homage to Mies and a contemporary link to early Chicago modernism.

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