Chicago’s historic and thriving Old Town School of Folk Music has celebrated its 55th anniversary with the opening of a brand-new building. One artistic choice the architects made to bring the school’s casual vibe into the 21st century? Terrazzo floors.
Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin wrote in his review of the new building that the interior and exterior fit the tone of the Old Town School’s three other buildings, while injecting it with a forward-thinking aesthetic. That includes the terrazzo floors. Kamin notes that the building’s terrazzo recalls the Old Town School’s former library while glinting with the texture of recycled mirrors and glass bottles.
Located at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago, the $16.5 million, 27,000-square-foot, three-story building features terrazzo floors by Menconi Terrazzo of Bensenville, Ill. The building was designed by Bill Ketcham of the Chicago architectural firm VOA, and the contractor on the project was Bulley & Andrews, also of Chicago. All materials supplied by Terrazzo & Marble Supply; divider strips from Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Company.
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