Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Come Inside the Rookery Building in Chicago....

 As I mentioned before, my father's business office was located in this building in the mid-to-late 1960's. This ornate and sumptuous lobby you see here is entirely different from the picture I would have taken back then, when it was just a tired, grimy, 80 year old hulk of an out-dated structure.  In those days, many grand old Chicago buildings were torn down. In the 1980's, the building was completely renovated, cleaned and reconditioned. A fabulous architectural jewel once again.

Part of a famous staircase, which is difficult to visit now.  As a kid, I would take friends up to see it and actually climbed the entire way up to the top, perhaps 10 stories.

 Intricate, ornate moaic floor tile; cleaned and restored--the camera doesn't do them justice.

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