Quotation by Benjamin Harrison

It is my wish, and may it be the wish of all, that this great building may continue to be to all your population that which it should be—an edifice opening its doors from night to night, calling your people here away from the care of business to those enjoyments, and pursuits, and entertainments which develop the souls of men, which will have power to inspire those whose lives are heavy with daily toil, and in its magnificent and enchanting presence lift them for a time out of these dull things into those higher things where men should live.
Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901), U.S. president. Speech in Chicago, December 9, 1889. Speeches of Benjamin Harrison: Twenty-Third President of the United States, p. 222, Kennikat Press (1971).

Dedication of the Auditorium, on Congress St. And Michigan and Wabash Avenues, which hosted the Republican National Convention of 1888; a plaque with these words is still at that location.
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