Parallel Tracks: The Design and Development of the CTA in Relation to the Paris Métro

Price — $10.00 – $20.00

Chicago’s famous ‘L’ train system has a rich history of design, spanning station architecture (including some little-noticed subtle touches and flourishes), passenger amenities, and how the service is named and branded.

How did Chicago’s rapid transit design work compare to Hector Guimard’s famous entrances for the Paris Métro? Transit professional and historian Graham Garfield will explore Chicago’s elevated design history, with an eye toward elements that compare, contrast, or evoke Guimard’s work in Paris, including design aesthetics, concepts of mass production of decorative work, and amenities to enhance the public experience on mass transit.

Please note: Due to the ongoing renovations next door at the Murphy Auditorium, the Driehaus Museum elevator is unavailable to staff and guests, including access to the Third Floor Ballroom, where this event will be.

Parallel Tracks: The Design and Development of the CTA in Relation to the Paris Métro

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