Lorado Taft Midway Studios

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Lorado Taft Midway Studios
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View from northeast.
Lorado Taft Midway Studios is located in Chicago
Lorado Taft Midway Studios
Lorado Taft Midway Studios is located in Illinois
Lorado Taft Midway Studios
Lorado Taft Midway Studios is located in the US
Lorado Taft Midway Studios
Location Chicago, IL
Coordinates 41°47′8″N 87°36′12.63″W / 41.78556°N 87.6035083°W / 41.78556; -87.6035083Coordinates: 41°47′8″N 87°36′12.63″W / 41.78556°N 87.6035083°W / 41.78556; -87.6035083
Built 1906
Architect Taft,Lorado, Pond and Pond
Architectural style No Style Listed
NRHP Reference # 66000317
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 21, 1965[2]
Designated CL December 1, 1993

The Lorado Taft Midway Studios consist of a converted and relocated barn that became the art studio of Lorado Taft, one of the early 20th century's most important sculptors.[3] It sits in the Woodlawn community area of Chicago, Illinois, and is owned by the University of Chicago.[2]

In 1906, Taft moved his main studio from the Chicago Loop to a brick barn near the Midway Plaisance. Later, he connected a pair of frame barns to the main building to serve as male and female dormitories. The structure was redesigned by the architectural firm of Pond and Pond to contain 13 studios for Taft and affiliated sculptors.[4][5]

The building was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 21, 1965,[2][6] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.[1] It is one of the four Chicago Registered Historic Places from the original October 15, 1966 National Register of Historic Places list (along with Chicago Pile-1, Hull House & Robie House).[1] On December 1, 1993, it was named a Chicago Landmark.[3]

Today, the building is home to the university's Department of Visual Arts and Creative Writing program, and has been renovated to be classrooms, offices, and studios for students and faculty.



  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Taft, Lorado, Midway Studios". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved June 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Lorado Taft's Midway Studios". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved May 11, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Guide to the University of Chicago Department of Building and Grounds Records: 1892-1965". University of Chicago Library, Series II, Subseries 3: Buildings (J-R, Box 13, Folder 3 ed.). University of Chicago. 2006. 
  5. ^ Taft, Ada Bartlett (1946). Lorado Taft: Sculptor and Citizen. Mary Taft Smith. p. 28. 
  6. ^ Blanche Higgins Schroer (April 3, 1976) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Lorado Taft Midway Studios, National Park Service and Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1975 and undated