YashicaMat, 24 March 2011

2011/03/24

A city the size of Chicago naturally needs a fairly large city hall, and this building certainly qualifies in that regard.

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 CityHall01B

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 CityHall02B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: YashicaMat EM
Lens: Yashica Yashinon 80mm f/3.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

This colossal building covers an entire Chicago city block (approximately 2.87 acres), and has 11 stories – believe it or not, this building isn’t big enough to contain all of the “machinery” of Chicago’s municipal government – there are many departments housed in other building spread out across the city. Given that knowledge, one could also be forgiven for believing that Chicago’s municipal government is a little…too big, since it can’t fit inside a massive building like this. But that’s a story for another post.

The building itself was completed in 1911 and designed by Holabird & Roche. An interesting feature of the design is that the elevations were designed to appear smaller than they actually are – avoiding the appearance of the building being a skyscraper (though for what reason, I really couldn’t say). As such, the façades feature what are probably the tallest Classical columns of any building in Chicago – the columns themselves are six stories tall (approximately 75 feet tall); if you look carefully, you can see that the column capitals (the tops of the columns, for those of y’all who aren’t familiar with the terminology) are almost a full story tall themselves. If you aren’t looking too closely, the illusion almost works…until you compare it to the building immediately across the street and see how many floors are there.

Enjoy.

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One Response to “YashicaMat, 24 March 2011”

  1. toemailer Says:

    Interesting building, look like a mix of various styles, perhaps a bit severe at that entrance though.


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