520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605 312-427-3800
In Devil in the White City:
“Workers began building the Auditorium on June 1, 1887. The result was an opulent structure that for the moment was the biggest private building in America. ” Page 318
In Real Life:
Louis Sullivan’s Auditorium – which he designed with Dankmar Adler – made a big splash at the World’s Columbian Exposition. It had size – bigger than New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, which at the time was a big thing, it had electricity – an even bigger thing – and air conditioning – the biggest thing of all. The Auditorium is still big and still in use. However – when I walked up I could see it’s owned now by Roosevelt University which puts on plays and ballets and concerts year round. I also noticed it’a a National Historic Landmark. There’s a self-guided tour you can download if you love to marvel over architectural achievements.