It has occurred to me that both the old Chicago Public Library in what is now the Cultural Center and the new Harold Washington Library are (were) architectural attempts to get us to judge books by their cover… This part of the cover is the Winter Garden in the Harold Washington Library.
A view of the first floor ceiling in the Harold Washington Library from the basement. I seem to recall that when the library was first opened, this open space was occupied by a pendulum but I don’t recall when it was removed, assuming I’m not a victim of my imagination.
The Winter Garden at the top of the Harold Washington Library in Chicago isn’t quite the tourist trap that it should be, but like all tourist sites, the thought of photographing it with anything resembling originality is… daunting. But I like these shots, regardless of how many times others may have done something very similar.
I’m not sure what use was originally intended for the Winter Garden space. For a while, the space was occupied by a restaurant. As I recall, it was a buffet style operation, and I suspect the food was prepared off-site. That enterprise didn’t last too long. Since then, it has mostly served as an open study area, and it is available for special event rentals. I recall looking into it for an event that I was planning, but the cost was outside the available budget.