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Completed in 1897, the Chicago Cultural Center was inspired by the neo-classical style of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. The $2 million worth building's structure consists of three-foot thick masonry walls faced with Bedford limestone that are set 104 feet above a granite base.
Its interior is made of a wide array of fanciful materials like rare imported marble, fine hardwood, stained-glass, and polished brass, as well as mosaics of Favrile glass, colored stone and mother-of-pearl.

Chicago Cultural Center is known for its spectacular stained-glass domes. The 38-foot dome in the Preston Bradley Hall at the south end of the building is the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome, valued at an estimated $35 million. The building is also considered to be one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States. That?s why it has become the setting for hundreds of programs and exhibitions presented annually by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
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