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"To understand this building you have to put into historical context. It was built and designed in a post-modern era when architects were rediscovering classical architectural features after two decades of trying to build the perfect glass box. Secondly, the period this was planned and built in was about big is better and more is MORE. This building is meant to be a statement about not taking modernism or classicism with to much seriousness. It's meant to be fun, be bold, be creative and it does so by pulling parts and pieces of many of Chicago's great architectural history together in one big campy splash. It's not ugly at all. It makes going to the library an event!" —Thumper5000 [Archicritics]