Records relating to Ganz Hall

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

1 document case (0.4 cubic feet) of material relating to Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, including materials documenting artist Albert Fleury, the murals he painted in Ganz Hall, and their restoration.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in France, Albert Fleury was a successful painter of murals and easel landscape paintings. Fleury came to Chicago in 1888 with a commission to paint murals in the new Auditorium Building, and he was subsequently one of the first artists to make the city a primary artistic subject.

The Auditorium Building is a mammoth structure in downtown Chicago designed by the partnership of Dankmar Adler and Louis H. Sullivan. Completed in 1889, it incorporated a hotel, offices, a large theater, and a banquet hall, and was innovative in both its engineering and its style. The theater features mural paintings by Albert Fleury and Charles Holloway. Fleury painted the series of smaller murals in the banquet hall, which was converted to a recital hall, now called Ganz Hall, in 1956, when it was taken over by the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. These murals were conserved by the Art Institute of Chicago during the restoration of Ganz Hall in the early 2000s.