Civic Opera Building, Chicago

Civic Opera Building, Chicago

The Civic Opera Building is home to Chicago’s Lyric Opera company. Commissioned by Samuel Insull, the “Prince of Electricity” and one of the inspirations behind Citizen Kane, this art deco behemoth was nicknamed “Insull’s Throne,” for the armchair shape. The building debuted six days after the market crash that ushered the Great Depression and destroyed Insull’s empire.

Civic Opera Building, Chicago

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