Welcome to Archigames, wherein nominated local buildings of a particular style are matched up in sudden death pairings to decide the most suitable representative of said style. This week it's Beaux Arts, and the third of four round one pairings is below. Brush up on the nominees, but always defer to your tastes when casting your vote. Polls close tomorrow at noon. Thanks for playing!
This next match-up pits old Cook County Hospital against Union Station. Spanning two city blocks on Harrison Street, old Cook County dates to 1914 and was designed by Paul Gerhardt and Richard Schmidt. Its ornate Beaux-Arts facade is adorned with pediments, baroque cartouches, and three story, fluted Ionic columns. Once the center of an epic preservation battle, the old hospital now serves as an administration building. It was also featured prominently in The Fugitive and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Also coming out swinging: Union Station. The busy rail hub, which first opened its doors in 1925, supports some 3.4 million passengers per year. Designed by architect and planner Daniel Burnham, who died before its completion, the imposing limestone structure features a dramatic colonnade along Canal Street. But Union Station's greatest achievement would have to be Great Hall, a thrilling interior space with a soaring 110-foot atrium crowned by a barrel-vaulted skylight. Time to vote!