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The stairs at the Chicago Cultural Center, Washington St. side.

From the City of Chicago website: Designed in the beaux-arts style by the Boston firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, the Chicago Cultural Center was completed in 1897 and dedicated as the city's original Chicago Public Library.

The building's structure consists of three-foot thick masonry walls faced with Bedford limestone that are set 104 feet above a granite base. Sumptuous materials used in the interior design include rare imported marbles, fine hardwood, stained-glass, and polished brass, as well as mosaics of Favrile glass, colored stone and mother-of-pearl. The building's most notable features are its spectacular stained-glass domes. The 38-foot dome in the Preston Bradley Hall in the south end of the building is the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome, valued at an estimated $35 million. In the north end of the building, the stained-glass dome in the G.A.R. Rotunda was executed in an intricate Renaissance pattern.

The firm of Holabird and Root completed a renovation of the building in 1977, when it was rededicated as the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center. A designated Chicago Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was reborn as the Chicago Cultural Center in 1991. It is now the home of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and one of the city's Visitor Information Centers.

Added Jan 3: Thank you all for all your comments and interest. The stairs are really difficult to shoot but using a wide angle lens f/2.8 seemed to do the trick.

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