Yet Another Incarnation for an Ogden Slip Warehouse
Sep04

Yet Another Incarnation for an Ogden Slip Warehouse

We don’t cover a lot of renovations here on the Chicago Architecture Blog, but what’s happening on the edge of Ogden Slip in Streeterville is a little more than your averages self-certified toilet installation. Bill O’Kane is turning the 106-year-old River East Center (401 East Illinois Street), formerly known as the North Pier Terminal Building, into about 300 fancy loft apartments.  It’s just the latest...

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Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 1 — All My Spires
Sep04

Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 1 — All My Spires

Part of being creative is knowing that not every idea is a slam dunk.  The world’s most famous painters—Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and others— painted over their mistakes.  Similarly, architecture offices around Chicagoland are populated with hundreds, maybe even thousands, of models of buildings that just never got off the ground.  Putting together a skyscraper is a complicated thing, and unless the banks, the developers, the...

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New Documentary Highlights Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Prairie Home
Sep04

New Documentary Highlights Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Prairie Home

An independent filmmaker is putting together a new documentary about what some consider to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Prairie Style house. “An American Home” focuses on the 1900 B. Harley Bradley house, one of Wright’s lesser-known homes, located at 701 South Harrison Avenue in downstate Kankakee. Uncle Sam describes it this way: One of wright’s earliest and [the] most complete example of total...

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