The Glessner House: How Forward-Thinking Homeowners Helped a Revolutionary Architect Make His Mark in Chicago
Apr22

The Glessner House: How Forward-Thinking Homeowners Helped a Revolutionary Architect Make His Mark in Chicago

“It looks like an old jail,” one lady commented. “It takes courage to build a house like that,” said another. “Which church is this?” a passerby inquired. “I don’t like it and wish it was not there,” complained neighbor George Pullman, who felt himself cursed by the daily sight of the John J. Glessner House (1800 South Prairie Avenue). Amidst the Gilded Age splendor that was...

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Earth Day in Chicago: Moving Design And Chicago Conservation Corps Volunteers Celebrate Their Green Ideas
Apr22

Earth Day in Chicago: Moving Design And Chicago Conservation Corps Volunteers Celebrate Their Green Ideas

An Earth Day 2013 quick quiz: How long does it take a banana peel to decompose? How long for a plastic jug? (Answers at the end of this article.) Chicagoans produce 7.6 million tons of trash each year and an average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water each day. The local volunteer organizations Moving Design and Chicago Conservation Corps saw these sobering statistics as an opportunity to raise awareness about...

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