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The Fine Arts Building
• Designed by Pullman architect and planner Solon S. Beman
• Solon S. Beman: Encouraged by his father, he began his architecture training at the age of 17 in New York, working there he helped design the Connecticut State Capitol and because of this he was named an associate designer in 1877, left and began his own practice, He came to Chicago in 1879, at the request of railroad car VIP George Pullman, to design what would become the nation's first planned company town.
• Constructed as an 8 story building
• First few floors of the building were originally showrooms for carriages, with the manufacturing functions on the floors above, and the large windows providing ample stage for display. Both Greek and Roman culture influenced the building multicolored Romanesque style, with a rusticated limestone and granite
• Originally the Studebaker, a carriage factory and showroom needed more room in 1890s so demolished the 3 story building next door and built a 5 story attached annex
• By 1895 the annex proved insufficient so in 1896 moved to a larger facility
• The Studebakers turned to Beman again to turn the building into studios and theaters
• The building underwent extensive remodeling in 1898 in order to create a space for Chicago's art and literary world. After the remodel, the building's theater was dedicated to its former owners and renamed Studebaker Hall.
• Then became a 10 story building in the summer of 1898
• It became a gathering for musicians, writers, artists, publishers 1908-1910
• Became known as "the first colony in chicago"
• This was remodeled in 1909 when Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Thurber Art Galleries
• Original features such as the hand-operated elevator with its bronze cast doors, 1898 Art Nouveau murals on the 10th floor atrium, and a Venetian courtyard garden.
• The building's motto, "All…...

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