The Civic Opera House is an opera house located at 20 North Wacker Drive in Chicago. Henry Hering was an American sculptor who was born New York City on February 15, 1874 and died there on January 17, 1949. Wacker Drive is a major street in Chicago, Illinois, United States, running along the south side of the main branch and the east side of the south Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. It is part of a building which contains a 45-story office tower and two 22-story wings. This structure opened on November 4, 1929 and has an Art Deco and Art Nouveau interior. Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Year 1929 ( MCMXXIX) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Art Deco was a popular international design movement from 1925 until 1939 affecting the decorative arts such as Architecture, Interior design, and Industrial Art Nouveau ( nu vo anglicised /ˈɑːt nuːvəu/ ( French for 'new art' also known as Jugendstil ( German for 'youth style' is an international
Its opera house has 3,563-seats, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America after the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The Metropolitan Opera Association of New York City, founded in April 1880 is a major presenter of all types of opera including Grand Opera. While built for the Chicago Civic Opera, it was purchased by and is the permanent home of the Chicago Lyric Opera. Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading Opera companies in the United States.
Samuel Insull envisioned and hired the design team for building a new opera house to serve as the home for the Chicago Civic Opera. Samuel Insull ( November 11, 1859 &ndash July 16, 1938) was an Anglo-American Investor based in Chicago who was known The building has been seen as being shaped like a huge chair and is sometimes referred to as "Insull's Throne. " It has been rumored that Insull designed the building in the shape of a throne upon which his daughter could figuratively sit as star of the opera. Having been rejected by the New York Metropolitan Opera, she could sit with her back facing eastward toward New York City.
Samuel Insull selected the architecture firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White who were responsible for several other buildings in the downtown Chicago Loop. Graham Anderson Probst & White is a Chicago architecture firm that was founded in 1912 originally as Graham Burnham & Co Population According to the 2000 Census, 16388 people live in the Loop As they did on other occasions, the architects commissioned Henry Hering to produce architectural sculpture for the building. Henry Hering was an American sculptor who was born New York City on February 15, 1874 and died there on January 17, 1949.
The opera house underwent a major renovation in 1993 when it was purchased by the Chicago Lyric Opera, which had previously rented the space. The chairs were repainted and reupholstered, the carpeting replaced, and the gilt paint completely re-stenciled. The massive project was completed in 1996.
This opera house was the inspiration for the one featured in Orson Welles's film, Citizen Kane. George Orson Welles (May 6 1915 – October 10 1985 was an Academy Award -winning director, writer actor and producer for film stage radio and television Citizen Kane ( 1941) is an American Dramatic film, and the first Feature film directed by Orson Welles, who also co-authored In order for his aspiring opera singer wife to perform, Charles Foster Kane builds an opera house for her, but the quality of her singing reveals her ineptitude. Citizen Kane ( 1941) is an American Dramatic film, and the first Feature film directed by Orson Welles, who also co-authored In reality, Samuel Insull built this opera house for his daughter, who was not hired by New York's Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera Association of New York City, founded in April 1880 is a major presenter of all types of opera including Grand Opera.