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Studs Terkel Radio Archive

Studs Terkel: Views of a Splendid World

Why was Chicago a magnet for creative people from all around the Midwest 100+ years ago? Listen to radio legend Studs Terkel & architectural historian David Lowe share mesmerizing tales of the city's forgotten splendours, featuring ecstatic excursions to vanished downtown hotels, colorful bars, ghostly train stations and splendiforous skyscrapers - described with an electric, enthusiastic everyman's poetic voice.

  • 1.

    The Tribune Tower

    The Tribune Tower

    Discover why the architect Louis Sullivan was furious that the Finnish architect and modernist Eliel Saarinen, was not awarded the grand prize to design the Chicago Tribune Tower.

  • 2.

    A Democratic Auditorium Theatre

    A Democratic Auditorium Theatre

    From corporate offices and a hotel, to a servicemen’s center during World War II and an opera theatre, the Auditorium Theatre was what David Lowe describes as “democratic in nature.”

  • 3.

    Chicago Interiors

    Chicago Interiors

    It's the interiors of buidlings that reveal changing fashions and tastes, the way people think of themselves and their times.

  • 4.

    Burnham & Root's Rookery

    Burnham & Root's Rookery

    The Rookery is the building the set the style for the layout, the style, the corridors for office buildings to come for the next 100 years.

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