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Open House Chicago

2014.10.19
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The library on the 40th floor of 190 S. LaSalle Street, at the offices of architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. The view from here was phenomenal, but I chose not to show it as there was too much reflection from the window.
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The woman's waiting room in Union Station. It was closed in 1960 and is now used as a store room and has pretty much been left in a state of disrepair. It was a beautiful space.
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These are some of the many lock boxes in the underground vault at the Chicago Board of Trade. They are no longer used, and the boxes range in size. These were the smallest of all the boxes. This area is not open to the public normally.
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The door to the vault at the Chicago Board of Trade.
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These are the stairs at the Fine Arts Building on 410 S. Michigan Ave. I found this building to be both inspiring and a little sad. It is an artists colony, the halls are filled with art and music, but it was in such a state of disrepair. A beautiful old building full of character.
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Late yesterday I found out that Chicago hosts an architectural open house every year. 150 buildings open their doors to the public to see places that we mere mortals cannot normally go. The open house was this weekend. I had some other plans for today, but I made sure I stopped by a few places.

At the end of the day I was a little frustrated as I had to delete two thirds of the shots I had taken. Partially due to my inexperience and partially due to the crappy sensor on my little old rebel, between the two of us we struggle mightily in low light, but it was still a great day and I hope when this weekend rolls around again next year I will have upgraded my camera and my skills will be one year better also.
4 Comments
LouiH Well you have shown us some magnificent shots of the building...and a great exclamation!
LouiH · 2014-10-19: 21:27
busybee So interesting great captures.
busybee · 2014-10-20: 02:39
finbarr Nice captures !
finbarr · 2014-10-20: 03:15
StillBill Fantastic job !! That would be worth a trip from Ohio for.
StillBill · 2014-10-20: 17:30
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