Book Review: Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (3rd ed.)
Sep24

Book Review: Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (3rd ed.)

If you own the 2nd Edition of the best-selling, oh-so-portable Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (2004), you won’t be surprised that there is a new, updated version this year.  Like the AIA Guide to Chicago, ten years since the last edition is an incredibly long time in Chicago architecture.  While the A.I.A. guide’s last edition had very little about Millennium Park and rectified that gap in the latest edition, the 2ndedition...

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High Above The West Loop Skyline, A Remnant Of The Past: Water Tanks
Apr30

High Above The West Loop Skyline, A Remnant Of The Past: Water Tanks

You may not see too many tourists from Iowa rushing past the Willis Tower to take pictures of the Chicago’s ancient water tanks. I don’t recall the tanks making the cut on the Architectural Foundation Loop walking tours, either. For that matter, travel brochures nearly always bypass water tanks in favor of The Bean. I wonder, are water tanks the Rodney Dangerfield of Chicago structures? They certainly embody the...

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Reading About Jeanne’s Gang
Jun09

Reading About Jeanne’s Gang

There is a pattern that people follow when they make the transition from ordinary to noteworthy on the way to celebrity.  It goes like this: Toil in obscurity Do something people like Get lots of local newspaper coverage Get a smattering of local TV coverage Get national newspaper coverage Get a coffee table book made about you   Local architect Jeanne Gang is up to step #6 with the release of “Reveal: Studio Gang...

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Review: Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision

“The Corncob Towers.” “The Pie Spires.” “Aunt Flo’s Curlers.” People may not always know what the twin towers on State Street at the Chicago River are called, but they at least know them.  Bertrand Goldberg’s penultimate architectural creation, Marina City (300 North State Street), has inspired and amazed a generation of tourists and locals.  Now a new book chronicles how the...

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New Book About Historic Chicago Architect Irving K. Pond

I got an e-mail flyer today from the good people down at the Glessner House Museum (1800 South Prairie Avenue) in the Prairie Avenue District.  They’re having a presentation February 24, 2010 at 7:00pm about a new book about Irving K. Pond, a prominent architect during the one of Chicago’s architectural heydays — the late 1800’s. Here’s the info they sent over: The Autobiography of Irving K. Pond...

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