project details

Client
The Poetry Foundation

Architect
John Ronan Architects

Acoustics Consultant
Threshold Acoustics

Rendering
John Ronan Architects

Photography
Hedrich Blessing

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The Poetry Foundation

Tracing its origins to 1941, The Poetry Foundation was established in 2003 when the Modern Poetry Association received a transformational gift from philanthropist Ruth Lilly. The Foundation publishes Poetry magazine and its new headquarters building in Chicago houses its curatorial, publishing, and other staff as well as an extensive library. Its most public space is a 125-seat reading room with superb acoustics for speech and sufficient flexibility to serve as a banquet and seminar room. A speech-oriented recording studio rounds out the facility.