Book Review: Signs, Streets, and Storefronts
May14

Book Review: Signs, Streets, and Storefronts

The recent brouhaha over the gargantuan sign on the Trump International Hotel and Tower has provided Chicagoans ample opportunity to ponder commercial signs and their relation to the buildings they adorn and to those nearby. Yet conflicts among the advertisers of products and services, the architects designing commercial buildings, and city councils regulating these endeavors are nothing new. In his book Signs, Streets, and...

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It’s Chicago vs St. Louis This Weekend — In Baseball and Architecture
Apr03

It’s Chicago vs St. Louis This Weekend — In Baseball and Architecture

With the hubbub surrounding the controversial Wrigley Field renovation, this year, opening day for the Chicago Cubs is more exciting than usual. On Sunday night, Cubs fans will turn their attention to brand-new video boards, bleachers under construction and the face-off between Cubs pitcher Jon Lester and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. At The Chicago Architecture Blog, we mark the start of the baseball season with a quick look at...

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History Lesson: The Past and Future of the Catholic Archbishop’s Residence
Mar19

History Lesson: The Past and Future of the Catholic Archbishop’s Residence

Soon after his appointment as archbishop of Chicago in the fall of 2014, Blase Cupich made headlines by revealing his plans to live in the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral rather than in the Archbishop’s Residence in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood (1555 North State Parkway). Although eight of his predecessors have called the mansion on North State Parkway home, Archbishop Cupich announced his intention to form the Archbishop’s...

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History Lesson: Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church and Independence Boulevard Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Mar10

History Lesson: Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church and Independence Boulevard Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Two churches on Chicago’s West Side offer a window on the bygone world of Chicago’s Eastern-European Jewish community. At the corner of Ashland Avenue and Polk Street stands St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church (733 South Ashland Avenue in Little Italy). Alexander L. Levy designed this building in 1910 as a synagogue for the Ohave Sholom Mariampol congregation. This congregation had been established in 1870 in the area around Maxwell and...

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Slice of Life: Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bucktown
Mar05

Slice of Life: Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bucktown

Look up at the façade of Covenant Presbyterian Church (2012 West Dickens Avenue) in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, and you will catch a glimpse of this church’s colorful past and of Bucktown’s history as home to a vibrant Polish community. While the congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church has worshiped in this space since purchasing it in 1993, the church was originally dedicated in 1931 as the Cathedral of All Saints. John G....

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Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
Feb24

Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

Stroll down Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and you will find Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (1121 North Leavitt Street), one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant and beautiful houses of worship. Louis Sullivan designed Holy Trinity in 1901. Tsar Nicholas II donated $4,000 toward its construction, which was completed in 1903. Holy Trinity was originally established as a parish church to serve...

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