The Drake Hotel Historical Pictures Chicago Illinois

Drake Hotel 1920’s

Friedman Fine Art is pleased to present this gorgeous unique photograph of Chicago for sale.

When built in the 1920’s The Drake Hotel was constructed to historically stand apart from the rest. Designed by the architectural firm Marshall and Fox, the Drake Hotel was the first to have color television sets and air conditioning for each room. Some of the hotels notable guests include the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. This luxurious hotel provides not only luxury services but also luxury retail with in-house stores such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Chanel and Hildt Galleries.

Actor Peter Ustinov once said “Each step you take in the Drake Hotel is like walking on diamonds”. Following in their father’s hotelier footsteps, Drake brothers Tracy and John set out to create a building that would quote “inspire awe and emulation.” The final cost for the hotel (furnishings included) was $10 million and opened New Years Eve 1920 with a special gala. Four years later, The Drake accommodated the Prince of Wales upon his visit to Chicago. Since then, the hotel has traditionally been the destination of the British Royal Family for all of their visits to the Chicago.

Inspired by the High Renaissance Italian Palaces of Rome and Florence, the Drake Hotel stands 14 stories high made with smooth limestone.

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Old Chicago Photos of Michigan Avenue for Sale

michigan-avenue-late-20s-243x300Friedman Fine Art and are pleased to present this magnificent historical black-and-white photograph of Chicago.

Michigan Avenue, commonly known by its monikers “The Mag Mile” and the “The Magnificent Mile” of Chicago is sprinkled with tons of trendy shops ranging from affordable to luxurious. Prior to the 1909 plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham, Michigan avenues (then Pike street) stopped at the Chicago River. After the plan, the street was expanded North of the River to be turned into a shopping and commercial haven. The streets were widened and now the street was rubbing elbows with Lake Michigan (nearly one block away in proximity) giving way to a name change dedicated to the Great Lake: Michigan Avenue.

Early on the Avenue was destined to be a landmark destination due to the many notable buildings and architectural wonders that include: The Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, The John Hancock and the long standing Water Tower one of the few surviving structures from The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Today the Mag Mile has over 460 stores, 275 restaurants and 60 hotels. While North of Michigan Avenue consists mostly retail, the southern part of Michigan Avenue has main attractions such as Millennium Park and Cloud Gate, commonly referred to as The Bean, Mercy Hospital, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Symphony center and the world renowned Art Institute of Chicago.

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