Day 328: Auditorium Theater

The Auditorium Theater in Chicago is one of the best-known designs of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. Completed in 1889, the building is located on South Michigan Avenue, at the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 15, 1976. In addition, it is a historic district contributing property for the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District. Since 1947, the Auditorium Building has been the home of Roosevelt University.

The Auditorium Theatre is part of the Auditorium Building and is located at 50 East Congress Parkway. The theater was the first home of the Chicago Civic Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra debuted on October 16, 1891 and made its home in the Auditorium Theatre until moving to Orchestra Hall in 1904.[5] Theodore Roosevelt gave his famous Bull Moose speech in 1912 at the Auditorium and was nominated for President of the United States by the independent National Progressive Party.

On October 31, 1967 the Auditorium Theatre reopened and through 1975, the Auditorium served as Chicago’s premier rock venue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1975. Some interior details were probably drawn by Frank Lloyd Wright, who started in Sullivan’s office as a draftsman in 1887.

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