Chicago 430 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago, IL 60605(312) 341-3500
Schaumburg 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.Schaumburg, IL 60173(847) 619-7300
430 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60605
Housed within the landmark Auditorium Building on Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus, Rudolph Ganz Memorial Hall is a little-known, yet highly revered space. It is one of the city’s ultimate examples of artistic and architectural collaboration—featuring the work of French painter Albert Fleury, designer Louis Millet and his collaborator George Healy, and architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, with assistance from their then-apprentice Frank Lloyd Wright.
When the Auditorium Hotel was constructed in the 1890s, one important detail was forgotten: a banquet hall. The only large space available for such a room in the largest mixed-use high-rise building was above the Auditorium Theatre. So Sullivan and Adler innovated ways to suspend the banquet hall over the opera house roof on the seventh floor of the building. Then they filled it with the best of their collective work and refined ornamentation: carved wood panels and capitals, elaborate plaster work, gold-leaf stenciled arches punctuated with stunningly recreated cast-iron electric chandeliers and gilded lighting fixtures, unique hand-painted murals, and stained glass windows.
In 2003, Ganz Hall received the Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence, and in 2005 was honored with the American Institute of Architects Chicago Design Excellence Award.