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Beaux arts meet the penguins

Recently I took time off to spend the day at the Shedd Aquarium with my family.  Really, my nephew and my mom were going to the Penguin encounter, a Christmas gift from grandma to grandson! We decided to make a day of it– while they were hanging out with the penguins, the rest of us would explore this jewel of the Midwest. It has been several years since I have visited the Shedd Aquarium. I am always fascinated at the architectural details of this Beaux Arts style building that opened in 1930, as the worlds largest aquarium of the time. I could share photos of fish and marine wildlife, but what I really want to share with you are details of the building. These elements are as beautiful as the inhabitants of this stupendous masterpiece.

More on Beaux Arts:
• Sculptural decoration that helps define a building’s theme.
• Finds it’s roots in Imperial Roman architecture, Italian Renaissance and Italian and French Baroque styles
• In the year of 1893, Chicago shows the world its Beaux Arts creation dubbed the “White City” for the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Have you visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago? What was your favorite memory? Share your memory in the comment section below.

Ceiling light in vestibule

Seahorse starfish metal work detail Shedd Aquarium Chicago

Starfish and lobster

Seahorse Metal work detail Shedd Aquarium Chicago Lobby

Nautilus inlay detail in stone

Shell Coral Metal work detail Shedd Aquarium Lobby Chicago

Shedd Aquarium vestibule with Carribean Reef tank

Building exterior

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Champagne Supernova Day!

©Jennifer A. Schmidt

Taken on the rooftop of Printemps department store located in the 9th arrondissment of Paris. A great place to enjoy a drink and views of Basilique du Sacré-Coeur on one side and the Eiffel Tower on the other. Light fare is offered along with music to fit the mood.

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