Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Along the Edgewater stretch of Broadway stands a landmark building. This delightful Gothic revival structure was built for Riviera-Burnstine Motor Sales in 1925 (R. Bernard Kurzon, architect.) By 1951, the building held a furniture company, M.P. Masser, Inc; in 1966, Chicago Art Galleries Inc. was holding annual art sales and occasional estate auctions there. Today, the car dealer is long gone, but the magnificent showroom remains, artfully repurposed as the home of Chicago's Broadway Bank in 1979.
The interior is hard to miss in the early evening; with its grand plate glass windows, the building positively glows after dark, revealing an ornate ceiling and original chandeliers.
The exterior is one of Broadway's most grandly ornamented buildings, with rows of Gothic arch caps arranged in a Venetian style.
It's a wonderful architectural gift to a stretch of Broadway that's often desolate (across the street is the blank side wall of a big box grocery store.)