Tile Vault: Berger Park

Tile Vault: Berger Park

Aug 20, 2008

What: Mosaic floor tile at Chicago Park District's Berger Park building
Where: Lake Front, North side, Chicago, IL
When: Photos taken Monday, June 30 at 8:30 pm
Why: The intricate pattern and detail (not to mention the sheer amount of time these floors must have taken to install).

Berger Park, located mere steps from Lake Michigan on Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, was originally built as a private residence in the early 1900s. In the '80s, Chicago Parks District re-habbed the home and added it to their widespread web of public spaces.

Now the building, which hosts classes in everything from Modern Dance to Computer Basics, has suffered from some institutionalizing but the entry way still retains its turn-of-the-century charm. Surrounded by stunning woodwork, the mosaic floor gleams. The patterns, composed of tiny marble tiles, are meticulously designed and make us dream of a era when this type of flooring was standard.

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