In the 1800’s Chicago’s architecture was heavily influenced by the greek and romans. Many buildings built in this time period still stand today due to their long lasting foundations and structure achieved by the architects of Chicago of the time. The designs made skyscrapers and long lasting buildings possible. One example of their work is The Institute of Art in Chicago. The building was built for the world fair in Chicago in 1879. It was founded as a school and museum for the fine arts as everyone was devoted to rebuilding the metropolis that was destroyed in the great fire of 1871.
This picture shows the architecture of the building well. The Art Institute of Chicago represents Chicago’s history of educating young artists. This buildings shows a collaboration between the World Fair committee and the Art Institute committee. The world fair put up about one third of the money needed to make the building in exchange for occupying the building during the time the fair was taking place.
The building has many features that identify it to the time period. The arches in the walls of the building were very iconic for the time period. Also how the building has one large point in the very center is iconic for this time. The design is Romanesque because it stays lower to the ground but has a lot of details in the design.
The building i decided to compare it to is the Saginaw Art Museum. I thought i t would be fitting to compare the two building because of their likeness in purpose. I had not seen the building before looking it up and was surprised at its similar design to the Art Institute of Chicago.
This building has a similar point at the top in the very middle like the Art Institute does in Chicago. Also the two windows at the top of the building have similar arches to the ones in Chicago. The Museum was originally a home to the Ring family and was designed in 1903. This is not too much longer after the Art Institute was built which might be why they are similar in design.
I found Chicago to be a very cool place full of history. I enjoyed learning about all the different buildings and what they were. Chicago is a place that preserved their history and still lives through it today.