This impressive building, originally designed by architects Huehl and Schmidt, was built in 1912-1913 as a place of assembly to host various social events - conventions, concerts, and circuses. Historically, it's known as Medinah Hall, or Medinah Temple, being a distinguished example of Moorish Revival architecture. In some sources, it's also referred to as the pseudo-Arabian or Islamic Revival architecture.
The building is stunning and unforgettable, it has excellent reputation for its perfect acoustics - over time, the Chicago Symphony recorded dozens of performances there.
In 2000, the exterior of the building was restored, and the interior was reconstructed, and the whole structure was redeveloped in 2003. The building was designated the Chicago Landmark in 2001.
Nowadays, it is the Bloomingdale's Home + Furniture Store, and it is no less impressive and memorable today. The fascinating stained glass windows, the massive onion domes, the vast space inside - everything keeps the history alive.
I spent some time at this memorable site, took a number of pictures, looked at the perfect layout of all the departments, admired all the floors and the dome, talked to the most courteous staff. All the departments have the contemporary, exquisite merchandise - from shining crystal glasses to designer's furniture and luggage. Fantastic collections.
This building and this store are one of those rare instances in life when modern architecture and high-end commerce enhance the ever-lasting beauty of the past.
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