Located at 17 East Monroe St. in downtown Chicago, the Palmer House is a hotel designed by prominent local architecture firm Holabird & Roche. When it opened in 1925, it was touted as the largest hotel in the world.
The original Palmer House opened on this site in 1871; this is the third and largest iteration. It’s now a Hilton, owned by NYC developer Joe Sitt, whose Thor Equities has been busy reinventing my beloved Coney Island in Brooklyn [more about Sitt’s Palmer House renovation here].
The Lockwood Bar is located in the lobby, where looking up is mandatory:
The grand lobby ceiling is filled with frescoes based on Greek mythology, painted by French muralist Louis Pierre Rigal in the 1920s:
Holabird & Roche is also responsible for the nearby Monroe Building and an addition to the Congress Plaza Hotel, among many other Chicago projects.
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