Chicago Landmarks

Majestic Building and Theater

Monroe St. elevation from grade     Address: 22 W. Monroe St.
Year Built: 1906
Architect: Edmund R. Krause
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: May 11, 2005

Faded Cornice detail, photo by CCL, 2004 This lavishly detailed skyscraper houses one of Chicago's oldest legitimate theaters, showing high-quality vaudeville, drama and musicals throughout its history. It is in the French Renaissance style with tripartite Chicago-style windows and a richly-detailed terra-cotta facade. After World War II, the theater was renamed for the Shubert family, which operated America's largest theatrical production and theater-owning organization. Acts performing here during the theater's history included Sarah Bernhardt, the Marx Brothers, magician Harry Houdini, and the musicals "Carousel" and "Hair." The theater's lobby and auditorium are beautifully detailed with Classical ornament and moldings.

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