Chicago Brick of the Day: Forbidden City Bridge

In an effort to showcase the magnificent architecture of Chicago’s Tribune Tower, and to help people understand just how powerful and influential the Chicago Tribune newspaper once was, the Chicago Architecture Blog presents: Chicago Brick of the Day. Today’s brick is from: A bridge in Beijing’s Forbidden City.  Each day we’ll show a photograph of a rock, brick, or other piece of stonework embedded in the...

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For History, Turn Wright on State Street

The nearest building to downtown Chicago that Frank Lloyd Wright had a hand in is the Charnley House, at 1365 North Astor Street in the Gold Coast.  But a little closer is an often-overlooked Wrightian building that many people assume is new, not old. The Mariano Park Pavilion at 1031 North State Street is the fulcrum of the area known as Viagra Triangle, at the intersection of North State Street and North Rush Street....

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Slice of Life: The Abandoned Damen Silos

A bright, shiny new barge sits in front of the abandoned South Damen Avenue silos.  We haven’t been able to find out much about them, but preliminary research seems to indicate they weren’t for grain — but for sand for some kind of...

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