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Built by the Shriners architects Huehl and Schmidt in 1912, the Medinah Temple is a colorful Islamic-looking building replete with pointed domes and an example of Moorish Revival architecture. It is located on the Near North Side of Chicago. The building originally housed an ornate auditorium seating approximately 4,200 on three levels. The stage floor extended a considerable distance into the auditorium, and the seating was arranged in a U-shape around it. The auditorium contained an Austin Organ Company pipe organ (opus no. 558), installed in 1915, with 92 ranks, a 5-manual fixed console and a 4-manual movable console (added in 1931). Among the many events that took place in this venue was the annual Shrine Circus. The fine acoustics of the Medinah Temple's auditorium made it a favorite site for recording. Many of the Chicago Symphony's most famous recordings from the late 1960s (for RCA with then-music director Jean Martinon) through the 1980s (for Decca with then-music director Sir Georg Solti) were recorded there. In 1998 the music soundtrack recording for the film Fantasia 2000 was filmed in the theater at Medinah Temple's auditorium.

Beginning in late 2000 the exterior of the building was restored and the interior gutted and reconstructed for use as retail space. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 27, 2001. It is currently occupied by Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture Store, which opened in 2003.

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Ferlancor Pano Yes on May 28, 2013

Excelente registro ; bella y artística foto. YSL.

Saludos amiga Marlene .


~Marlene~ on May 30, 2013

ZEUS... and... Fernando...

Thank you both so much for the kind words and the Likes, with extra thanks to Fernando, for the special Y*. I appreciate it all very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Jungfrau on June 5, 2013

Impozáns,minden részlete gazdagon díszített,színes építészeti csoda. LIK+YS. Üdv,Mária.

~Marlene~ on June 6, 2013

Thank you so much, Mária, for the very lovely comment and the Like. I am honored by the Y* and your visit!

Best wishes, Marlene

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    by ~Marlene~
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