Chicago Landmarks

Thalia Hall

Street Elevations, photo by CCL     Address: 1215-25 W. 18th St.
Year Built: 1892
Architect: Faber & Pagels
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: October 25, 1989

Section of Theater Interior Built as a hall for meetings and for musical and theatrical productions, this building was named for Thalia, the Greek muse of comedy and pastoral poetry. Typical of such halls, this design incorporated retail and residential facilities, which helped to support the theater financially. Unique among buildings of this type is its interior theater, which was modeled after that of the Old Opera House in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where many of the residents of the surrounding Pilsen neighborhood had emigrated from.