Rookery Spiral Staircase by taffy

Rookery Spiral Staircase

I had gone to the Rookery a few weeks ago and taken a shot of the lobby, but today was the day of the Architectural Foundation tour which gave me access to the second floor, spiral staircase, and the Burnham library where they planned the Chicago Exposition (have you read Devil in the White City?). It was awesome!! If you are ever in Chicago, this is a great tour! This is the spiral staircase that served as access to the 12 floors of the building as well as a fire escape (rather than have one destroy the aesthetics on the exterior. The Rookery was the site of Chicago's first City Hall and first public library, filled will books sent by Queen Elizabeth after the Chicago fire. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the renovation of the interior in the early 1900s. All in all, an exciting building historically and architecturally.
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That's fabulous!
March 28th, 2014  
Stunning perspective and lines.
March 28th, 2014  
wow...makes me dizzy!
March 28th, 2014  
That is so cool
March 28th, 2014  
Amazing shot.
March 28th, 2014  
Glad you made it on the tour! :) This is a fab photo of the Rookery.
March 28th, 2014  
Congratulations on making Trending. Well deserved.
March 28th, 2014  
The repeating sweeping curves are magnificent.
March 28th, 2014  
Awesome shot
March 28th, 2014  
What a phenomenal image...an instant favorite! Many could have taken a nice photo of this, but I think you did an exemplary job!
March 28th, 2014  
That is one fantastic staircase!
March 28th, 2014  
Wow, amazing shot awesome pov.
March 28th, 2014  
Spectacular shot! fav
March 28th, 2014  
I visited The Rookery a few years ago! Beautiful! We were staying nearby this week at the Palmer House Hotel. Great capture of the staircase. Love the pov.
March 28th, 2014  
Instant fav.just wow.
March 28th, 2014  
fantastic staircase... fabulous shot!
March 28th, 2014  
Woah!!! This is fantastic!!!
March 28th, 2014  
Fantastic comp!FAV*)
March 28th, 2014  
Very cool staircase. Very nice shot. Going in my favorites.
March 28th, 2014  
Magnificent!!! An amazing pov !!! Mega FAV!
March 28th, 2014  
Great looking shot. Sometimes we fail to see the obvious photo opportunity when we are so driven to go forward.
March 28th, 2014  
Marvellous!
March 28th, 2014  
Fantastic photo of a fantastic building!
March 28th, 2014  
I like the angle you took the photo from
March 28th, 2014  
This is a magnificent shot. Love. Just glad I don't have to climb it!!!
March 28th, 2014  
Love that pov and the beautiful architecture! Fav!
March 28th, 2014  
Wow - fantastic architecture and awesome image!
March 28th, 2014  
Love your POV here Taffy, makes for such an interesting shot. I like the fact that you are looking down but it could be looking up. Fav
March 28th, 2014  
Excellent POV! Big FAV!
March 28th, 2014  
Interesting POV.
March 28th, 2014  
AC
Love your pov... FAV!
March 28th, 2014  
Wow, such an amazing shot, Taffy. Makes me dizzy but well worth it. FAV
March 28th, 2014  
Beautiful light and lines! Great capture! FAV!!
March 28th, 2014  
wonderful. I love staircase shots like this. I could have a book or wall full of them and look at them all day. fav
March 28th, 2014  
Gorgeous perspective of this impressive staircase! i hope to shoot the one at the Guggenheim in a couple weeks. Fav!
March 28th, 2014  
Very cool, great pov!
March 28th, 2014  
Taffy, I have said it before and I will say it again. Your shots are amazing. Fav!
March 28th, 2014  
Brilliant shot
March 28th, 2014  
Wow brilliant shot!! @taffy Fav as well ;)
March 28th, 2014  
@777margo Thanks, Margo! They would only let us go up one flight, unfortunately, but it was still exciting to be able to be on it, photograph it. It was first built in the 1880s, so it was amazing to think about who had walked up and down them, including the planners of Chicago.
March 28th, 2014  
@elaine55 Thanks Elaine. Actually, we were only allowed to go up one level, so we are, in fact, looking up, not down. I wish we could have gone to the top and looked down it as well. Thought I had to sit down to take this as I was getting dizzy!
March 28th, 2014  
Wow!....cool perspective!
March 28th, 2014  
@cailts Oh gosh, I can't believe you were at the Palmer House this week. So were my nephews (and one nephew's wife)! I hope you had a good weekend here -- at least it was pretty clear even if a little cold.
March 28th, 2014  
Instant Fav Taffy! This is such a stunning image with a real WOW factor! Such an interesting building - how wonderful that you could do a tour and were allowed access! I knew this was your shot straight away!
March 28th, 2014  
Awesome shot, Taffy. Great pov and clarity.
March 28th, 2014  
I like the perspective created by the stair well. Just hope you did not have to climb all the stairs to get this shot.
March 28th, 2014  
Gorgeous Taffy!! Love staircase shots, and you did such an amazing job with this one! At first it was a little disorienting as it was hard to tell whether you were looking up or down, but that is also why it is so wonderful like an Escher sketch.
March 28th, 2014  
Wonderful POV and composition
March 28th, 2014  
Taffy you have such a wonderful eye for composition, this is stunning! Fav!
March 28th, 2014  
What a great find and wonderful capture, hope you didn't have to walk up them all. I love these sort of shot, I wonder what it would look like in B&W. We went to chi cargo very briefly a few years bag, never knew about this little gem though. Thanks for the additional info on the building, nice shot.
March 28th, 2014  
Great pov
March 28th, 2014  
This is superb.
March 28th, 2014  
Envious, incredulous, mesmerised, in awe, fav.
March 28th, 2014  
Stunningly beautiful , superb in every way -great pov, , classy colour combination , and great architectural design ------A fav
March 28th, 2014  
This is quite beautiful love the way you can feel the dimensions.
March 28th, 2014  
Wow. Stunning.
March 28th, 2014  
Fantastic pov, love the designs.
Great capture.
Fav
March 28th, 2014  
Fantastic POV. Beautiful shot
March 28th, 2014  
Cool angle up the winding spiral staircase. Fav.
March 28th, 2014  
wow can get lost in that spiral. Very cool shot Taffy - Fav!
March 28th, 2014  
Wow. Very cool shot. Great eye, and great composition. Fav.
March 28th, 2014  
Stunning capture. Love it. fav.
March 28th, 2014  
I love this! Such an interesting shape and POV
March 28th, 2014  
Great shot up the stairs. You chose your vantage point well, slightly off-center. Love it! It takes my eye around and around!
March 28th, 2014  
very cool perspective.
March 28th, 2014  
That pov is awesomeness!
March 28th, 2014  
Best staircase I've ever seen, what a find
March 28th, 2014  
perfect!!!
March 28th, 2014  
@taffy I had a lovely time. The hotel is beautiful! :>)
March 28th, 2014  
so cool love the never ending stairs
March 28th, 2014  
very cool!!
March 28th, 2014  
fav!
March 28th, 2014  
Amazing composition. You almost feel as if you are falling down....into the tunnel. Is Alice in Wonderland at the other end?..teheh
March 28th, 2014  
Fabulous shot!
March 28th, 2014  
You were brave looking down - a great capture!
March 28th, 2014  
Magnificent - and stunning photo
March 28th, 2014  
Love "Devil in the White City," and I love this dramatic, dizzying view!
March 28th, 2014  
Wonderful composition Taffy!
March 28th, 2014  
Wonderful, great capture, fav.
March 28th, 2014  
Wow! That's an awesome shot - so imaginative! Fav.
March 28th, 2014  
Beautiful staircase, love the pov showing off those repeating patterns with the appearance of ever decreasing stairs really well
March 28th, 2014  
Fabulous perspective!! Fav!!
March 28th, 2014  
Wow. I. Love. This. Fav.
March 28th, 2014  
Amazing, stunning shot, big fav
March 28th, 2014  
Magnificent! Love the sweeping curve.
March 28th, 2014  
Really interesting. I am tempted to view it by tilting so I'm going doen the interal arches. Love the history. Great find.
March 28th, 2014  
Great Perspective, fantastic lines and shapes
March 28th, 2014  
Fabulous, what an superb staircase love your POV
March 28th, 2014  
wonderful
March 28th, 2014  
Very cool capture, love the perspective and geometry!
March 28th, 2014  
@tremerryn I wish I could take credit, but I wasn't brave and looking down, but sitting on the stair and looking up!
March 28th, 2014  
WOW! Amazing shot, love it and fav!
March 28th, 2014  
Absolutely love this photograph, Taffy, as well as the history! I'm envious of your tour. Fav!
March 28th, 2014  
Bravo !!!
March 28th, 2014  
FAvatastic!!
March 28th, 2014  
Fav
March 29th, 2014  
Wonderful architecture and fabulous shot. Fav
March 29th, 2014  
fabulously captured! what a wonderful bit of architecture!
March 29th, 2014  
Fantastic!
March 29th, 2014  
Very wonderful shot. I like the lighting of the sun coming through and of course all the lines and curves.
March 29th, 2014  
@kathiecb @hinkkd @smithak Thanks Kathie, Kathleen, and Smitha for the favs!
March 29th, 2014  
Wonderful photo. I have read Devil in the White City and loved it.
March 29th, 2014  
Brilliant capture!!! FAV!!
March 29th, 2014  
Another twofold FAV, one for the building itself (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT) and one for your keen eye for architecture. Super cooll POV.
I wish they had offered the tour when we were in Chgo!!!!!
March 29th, 2014  
Fav, LOVE staircases, they're such a cool subject.
March 29th, 2014  
Congratulations on making the PP. Well deserved.
March 29th, 2014  
just Love it.. my eyes just stay there trying to determine if you're looking up or down :D
March 29th, 2014  
Echoing everyone else, above, this is an incredible shot of an incredible building. LOVE it!
March 30th, 2014  
Inst... ... Fav ... couldn't wait to complete typing Instant :-)
March 30th, 2014  
This is unbelievable and spectacular!
March 30th, 2014  
Adore this, Taffy. What a fabulous pov. And no wonder you LOVE this place. Fav!
March 30th, 2014  
Brilliant picture. Love the dof. Fav.
March 30th, 2014  
LOVE IT!!! FAV!!!
March 30th, 2014  
Mac
Gorgeous staircase and wonderfully shot!
March 30th, 2014  
Awesome perspective of an architecturally fabulous staircase! FAV!
March 30th, 2014  
What an absolutely superb shot! Wonderfully done. Fav!
March 30th, 2014  
wow...well done. The pov and clarity is gorgeous
March 30th, 2014  
Fav! Super pov! So interesting, such a spiral shot!
March 30th, 2014  
Great shot, so well seen. Love you're pov.
March 31st, 2014  
bmt
This is an amazing shot!
March 31st, 2014  
Fantastic image! I love the POV - really confusing as to whether we are looking up or down. Sounds like a great place to explore. FAV
April 1st, 2014  
Awesome shot. FAV.
Great study of the stairwell!
April 1st, 2014  
This is fantastic Taffy, the comp is spot on. Fav.
April 1st, 2014  
Big congratulations on #1 of the TT. This is really beautiful. Well deserved.
April 4th, 2014  
this is just magnificent!
April 4th, 2014  
Congrats on #1 Taffy!!!! I'm right behind you at #2 (always a bride's maid ;)
April 4th, 2014  
Great shot, spirals, arches and tunnels all in one. Fab pov.
April 4th, 2014  
Wow - well done on the top spot! Awesome shot - fav!
April 4th, 2014  
Congrats on TT Taffy #1 and a double TT. Well done!!
April 4th, 2014  
Congrats on #1!
April 4th, 2014  
Congrats on the TT Taffy, super shot.
April 4th, 2014  
Taffy!!!! Super congrats!!! You see, the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright is infectious....
April 5th, 2014  
wow! I missed this one - I have been missing a few lately - brilliant and congrats on TT - twice :)
April 5th, 2014  
Congrats on the double TT.
April 5th, 2014  
Fantastical!! The repeating pattern and the point of view are all spectacular! Big congrats on making the top of the Top Twenty!!
April 5th, 2014  
@michaelelliott Hahahahaha, Michael! I think the universe just got mixed up this week! I'm excited and flattered to be in such good company!
April 5th, 2014  
@cjphoto @kiwiflora @annied @mara19500 @paulaw @soboy5 @elaine55 @busylady
Thanks Judith, Elaine, Paula, Danny, Mara, Annie, Francoise, and Chris! Being at the top with a shot of my city feels wonderful!! I appreciate your leaving a comment on this today -- what a great way to start the weekend!
April 5th, 2014  
Congratulations on a fantastic #1. This one really captured people's imaginations.
April 5th, 2014  
Congrats on the top spot! And a double TT!
@michaelelliott :-) love your sense of humour. Your comment made me smile on nit so great a day! :-)
April 5th, 2014  
A stunning FAV! And Congratulations . . .
April 5th, 2014  
Congrats on no 1 TT spot Taffy! Well done you!
April 5th, 2014  
Congratulations on the no:1 spot!! :)
April 5th, 2014  
stunning! wow
April 5th, 2014  
Fantastic capture, Taffy! This remind me of a shot I took at a hotel in Paris. Only yours is MUCH better! Instant fav. I don't know how I missed this. Congrats on the TT!
April 6th, 2014  
Forever in awe of your work! You have such an amazing eye!
April 7th, 2014  
Congratulations Taffy on another multiple Top Twenty finish! Very well deserving! +F
April 10th, 2014  
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