A distinctively American building type, the motion picture palace provided a fantasy environment in which the wonders of cinema could be enjoyed. This Beaux-Arts style Classical Revival building, with its elaborate decoration and grand proportions, was one of the first movie palaces in the nation and is the oldest surviving one in Chicago. Its upright sign and marquee, alone, serve as an unofficial emblem of the city.
Charnley House 1891-92 Chicago IL. FLW was junior draftsman Louis Sullivan used abstract forms not common in architecture at the time. Outside unadorned but dramatic interior. Seymour Persky donated bldg to Society of Architectural Historians thus preserving it.