Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Auditorium in The Devil in the White City

The Auditorium makes an appearance in Erik Larson's national bestselling novel of suspense, The Devil in the White City:

" prominent Chicagoan, Ferdiand W. Peck, proposed to build an auditorium so big, so acoustically perfect, as to silence all the carping from the East and to make a profit to boot. Peck envisioned enclosing this gigantic theater within a still larger shell that would contain a hotel, banquet room, and offices.

"The result was an opulent structure that, for the moment, was the biggest private building in America. Its theater contained more than four thousand seats, twelve hundred more than New York's Metropolitan Opera House. And it was air-conditioned, through a system that blew air over ice."
See a picture of the Auditorium in 1889 during the Republican National Convention, taken just a few years before the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

No comments:

Disqus for Auditorium Theatre Blog