We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation

Library of the Poetry Foundation, a building featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago.

The library of the Poetry Foundation, featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago.

Note: The Poetry Foundation was one of 200 fascinating architectural specimens open for tours during the 2015 Open House Chicago presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We thought a poem might help drive home the point, after walking through this classy joint.


Over on Superior,

If you’re feeling inferior

Step inside 61 west,

And be our guest


Try out oration,

At the Poetry Foundation

The John Ronan design,

Will blow your mind


The style is modernist,

But with just a twist

There’s no need to squeal,

‘Cause the acoustics are ideal


It’s got layers of spaces,

And intimate places

This building of glass,

That’s full of class


From the outside looking in,

No, that’s not tin

Now don’t make a stink,

It’s a cladding of zinc


You can feel imaginary,

In the garden sanctuary

And a double-height library,

Big enough to lose a canary


It’s a bastion of tranquility,

And sustainability,

Now don’t be snide,

It’s LEED certified!

Bill Motchan

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at bill@ChicagoArchitecture.org.

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