on December 31, 2001
The building named after the man dubbed 'the people's mayor' is appropriately enough 'the people's library' : The city invited several architectural firms to submit designs, which were displayed in the Chicago Cultural Center for several months in 1989. Thousands of citizens inspected the competing proposals and voted for their choice. Robustly traditional, with details derived from many classic Chicago forms, this 1991 Hammond Beedy & Babka building was the winner. Note the whimsical copper roof details, including studious-looking owls.
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