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Orchestra Hall
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Location: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Coordinates: 41°52′45″N 87°37′30″W / 41.87917°N 87.625°W / 41.87917; -87.625Coordinates: 41°52′45″N 87°37′30″W / 41.87917°N 87.625°W / 41.87917; -87.625
Built/Founded: 1904[1]
Architect: Daniel Burnham[1]
Added to NRHP: March 21, 1978[2]
Designated NHL: April 19, 1994[3]
NRHP Reference#: 78001127

Symphony Center is a music complex in Chicago, Illinois and is home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Symphony Center includes Orchestra Hall, which dates from 1904; Buntrock Hall, a rehearsal and performance space; a public multi-story rotunda; Rhapsody restaurant; and administrative offices. In June 1993, plans to significantly renovate and expand Orchestra Hall were approved and the $110 million project resulting in Symphony Center being completed from 1995 to 1997. Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 19, 1994.[1] It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.

History

Built in 1904, Orchestra Hall was designed by renowned Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Construction began on May 1, 1904 and the first concert was held on December 14, 1904. The building has "Theodore Thomas Orchestra Hall" inscribed in its façade, after the orchestra's first music director who died less than a month after his conducting debut there. The names Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner are inscribed above the ballroom windows on the façade.

Orchestra Hall was also used as a movie theater during the 1910s, to maintain income during the summer months, when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra would be playing at the Ravinia Festival. Lectures and other programs were held at Orchestra Hall in the 1920s and 1930s, with speakers including Harry Houdini, Richard E. Byrd, Amelia Earhart, Bertrand Russell and Orson Welles.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Orchestra Hall, NHL Database, National Historic Landmarks Program. Retrieved 10 February 2007.
  2. ^ NRIS Database, National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 9 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Orchestra Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1754&ResourceType=Building. Retrieved 2008-07-20.  
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Symphony Center is a music complex in Chicago, Illinois. It is home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta. The Symphony Center includes Orchestra Hall, which dates from 1904; Buntrock Hall, a rehearsal and performance space; a public multi-story rotunda; Rhapsody restaurant; and administrative offices. Between 1995 and 1997 a lot of work to improve the buildings took place. The Orchestra Hall was called a National Historic Landmark in 1994. It was designed by Daniel Burnham.

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