ATELIER MANARCHY was built in the 1890’s as a maple syrup factory, and sometimes on a warm day you may detect the faintest essence of coffee, maple and brown sugar.
It is rumored that in the 20’s Al Capone used the building as a speakeasy and gin mill, and during the 50’s the garage where the camera is kept was a chop shop.
In 1980, the building was renovated and designed by Dennis Manarchy to respect Chicago industrial architecture. The 10 foot clock was custom made for the building as a homage to Chicago’s iconic clocks.
The space is a gallery for Manarchy’s work (photographs and sculptures) with objets D’art and primitive antiques which are all for sale. It is also the home of the world’s largest camera created for an ongoing project: An American Portrait, dedicated to America’s vanishing cultures.