Tiffany Ceiling

Tiffany Ceiling, detail

The whole Marshall Field’s/Macy’s thing hadn’t really made that much of an impact on me, because until today I’d been in the State Street store for a grand total of 15 minutes or so. I guess I’m more of a Target/The Alley kind of guy.

But this weekend’s visit by my girlfriend’s parents required, I discovered, an afternoon spent in Marshall Fields. That place is big! And filled with neat stuff! I mean, sure there’s all the stuff for sale, but I treated it like a museum and spent my time reading the plaques in the visitor center on the 7th floor and snapping pictures all over the place. The Tiffany Vaulted Ceiling is the “largest glass mosaic of its kind* and the first ceiling ever built in favrile iridescent glass”. Preeetty.

Tiffany was a busy guy — I was already familiar with the Tiffany Mosiac Dome in the Chicago Cultural Center. Preeety, too.

* “How about this ceiling? Isn’t it bigger.”
“Nope, not the same kind.”
“What kind is that?”
“Umm… its kind.”

2 Comments so far

  1. erich (unregistered) on September 25th, 2005 @ 10:17 pm

    Thanks for this Fuzzy. My mother is visiting right now and I decided to take her today after reading you post. The store was practicly empty at 5PM. You’re right, if you think of it as a museum of consumerism it is quite pleasent way kill an hour or two. The view from the visitors center is nice also.

  2. victor (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 9:48 am

    The domed ceilings at the Chicago cultural center are bigger. Moreover, the chicago cultural center used to be the library and the use of lamps made all the glass sooty. It was cleaned recently and looks fabulous. I got married in a civil ceremony there and it was a fabulous backdrop for the photos. Kinda like pre-millenium bean.

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