Chicago Landmarks

Bush Temple of Music

Chicago Ave. and Clark St. elevations     Address: 100 W. Chicago Ave.
Year Built: 1901
Architect: John E.O. Pridmore
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: June 27, 2001

1905 Exterior The Bush Temple of Music was built as the headquarters and showroom of the Bush and Gerts Piano Company, one of Chicago's leading piano companies. The building exemplifies the importance of piano manufacturing and sales in Chicago during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Chicago was the leading piano manufacturing center in the world. The building also is a rare large-scale example of French Renaissance Revival-style architecture, a highly unusual style in both Chicago and the United States. The building's distinctive design and finely crafted decorative details are a testament to the skill of its architect, J.E.O. Pridmore, who was an important Chicago designer of buildings in the historic revival styles favored by Chicagoans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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