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Main banking room
Main banking room
TitleMain banking room
DescriptionFrom text: "Beyond the rooms of the savings bank the visitor steps into the great spacious bank-room. It is a delight to the eye of even the veriest tyro in things artistic. Standing there in that magnificent doorway and viewing the splendid spectacle gleaming in the flood of light, which pours through the glass-paneled ceiling, the observer finds it difficult to realize that this is a bank, a place of commercialism. Rather would he imagine it was an art gallery, hung round with masterpieces for an exhibition, and expressing the artistic in every line and tint of its own construction and coloring. The great open space before the counters, which partially enclose three sides of the room, is floored with Vermont marble. The counters, behind which the scores of tellers and clerks are busy with their duties are of green marble, as are the bases. But the walls of the great room to a point of a few feet below the line of the ceiling are covered with inlaid panels of Pavanazzo marble.. In the space between the marble panels and the glass ceiling are sixteen semicircular oil paintings by Lawrence C. Earle. Each painting represents a striking scene or incident in the history of Chicago."
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RepositoryUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject NameChicago National Bank
Jenney & Mundie
Earle, Lawrence C.
Coverage-SpatialThe Loop (Chicago, Ill.)
PublisherUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Sub-CollectionInterior Scenes
Book TitleChicago, historical, pictorial
Author of the BookChicago National Bank
CollectionPicture Chicago
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