Representational working scale model of the Auditorium Theater proscenium arch with miniature orchestra built in 1895.
This model is a representation of the Auditorium Building, which established the international reputation of architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. The Auditorium Build was important because during the mid-1880s, many Chicagoans believed that the city could not be considered world-class unless it balanced its image as "hog butcher of the world " with rich cultural opportunities. In 1886, at a meeting of the Commercial Club of Chicago, businessman Ferdinand Peck proposed the construction of a first-class "public auditorium." The resulting Auditorium Building was a multipurpose building contained a 4,300-seat theater, the largest music hall in the country. Sullivan's nature-inspired designs complimented Adler's perfect sightlines and impeccable acoustics. The grand opening of the Auditorium in October 1889 was a source of great civic pride. The working model of the proscenium arch of the Auditorium Theatre, with the orchestra pit containing a fully articulated miniature orchestra, was a preliminary to the final product.