Chicago Architecture Info

Chicago Cultural Center

Formerly known as Chicago Public Library
Dearborn Park
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Basic Information
Designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge
Type Museum
Floors: 3
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • The dome over Preston Bradley Hall was designed by Jacob Holzer of Tiffany Glass and Decorating. It is 38 feet in diameter.
  • 1920's: A plan was drawn up to erect a 1,320-foot-tall steel tower topped with an aircraft beacon above this building.
  • 1930's: The exterior of the Preston Bradley dome was covered with concrete blocks to protect it.
  • 1960's: The space between the Preston Bradley dome and its cover was illuminated, simulating the natural light that was intended to pass through it.
  • 2008: The dome over Preston Bradley Hall was renovated by Holabird & Root, removing the cover and once again exposing it to sunlight as it was meant to be.