Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jaw dropping ceiling in Palmer House, Chicago

Palmer house- A romantic Story behind

On the last trip to Chicago, trying to find a better concierge service, we walked to next building and  stumbled upon this jaw dropping lobby of Palmer house. Check out the photos-
Palmer House Hotel Lobby


Icons of Water Nymphs and others
I just could not admire its exterior beauty without knowing the history behind it. And I found a Romantic Story.

In 1871, Chicago's businessman Potter Palmer meets French artist and Philanthropist Bertha and gives her this Palmer house as a wedding gift. 13 days later, in the Great Chicago Fire, the hotel got destroyed but both of them managed to complete the building by 1873 and it became the first fireproof hotel in the united States. Bertha commissioned French artist Louis Pierre Rigal to paint canvases in 1926. By the way, he painted stunning 21 panels of various icons inspired by Greek mythology. 
In 1945, Conrad Hilton purchased the hotel, started the renovation of hotel in 1981 and completed in 1996. With the help of Italian artist Lido Lippi, who worked on renovation of Sistine Chapel restored the ceilings of the lobby. So yes, it gives a mini experience of visiting Sistine Chapel. I think, the Lobby radiates majestic beauty of Potter Palmer and Bertha Palmer's Romantic Story.

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