“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor
May14

“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor

  Robert Berg isn’t sure when Foster Design Build became known as the go-to firm for peculiar projects. But, he’s got a pretty good idea idea how it happened. “We specialize in quirky jobs,” said Berg, president of Foster. “And we often find ourselves working on unique, interesting projects.” Right now, Foster is preparing to renovate the former Lincoln Square Firehouse, a 1890’s-vintage structure at 2100 West Eastwood...

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WTTW Personality Hosts National Special About Architecture
May09

WTTW Personality Hosts National Special About Architecture

If you’re the sort of person who eschews television because there’s nothing good on (How do you know there’s nothing good on TV if you don’t watch TV?) then it’s time to dig out the rabbit ears. Chicago’s favorite television historian has a national show about architecture. Geoffrey Baer hosts the program 10 Buildings That Changed America.  It airs Sunday (May 12, 2013) at 9:00pm on WTTW, channel...

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The University of Chicago’s New Arts Center Joins Solid Architectural Company
Mar12

The University of Chicago’s New Arts Center Joins Solid Architectural Company

The University of Chicago campus, in Chicago’s illustrious Hyde Park, boasts an intriguing collection of architectural gems. Studding the grounds are the SSA (School of Social Service Administration) building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; several  Law School buildings, designed by Eero Saarinen; and, of course, the Robie Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Now, amidst these historic pieces of architecture, a new...

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Inside Studio Gang Architects Exhibit Features Works By Celebrated Chicago Firm
Jan06

Inside Studio Gang Architects Exhibit Features Works By Celebrated Chicago Firm

When the City Hyde Park mixed-use development (1501 East Hyde Park Boulevard) is completed in 2014, residential units will boast an innovative balcony construction without external bracing. The result will be column-free views and balconies extending farther from the building. The creative design of the South Side project is typical of the work of Studio Gang Architects (SGA). City Hyde Park and a dozen other SGA projects are featured...

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Slice of Life: The Chapel That Could Be A Cathedral
Nov28

Slice of Life: The Chapel That Could Be A Cathedral

John D. Rockefeller was one of the biggest businessmen in American history. So it’s not surprising that his idea of a “chapel” is larger than many cathedrals. The Rockefeller Chapel (5850 South Woodlawn Avenue) is on the campus of the University of Chicago, and one of the city’s great places to sit, meditate, and get your wits about you. Outside, the Bertram Goodhue design is magnificently neo-gothic. At the...

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Video: 1930’s Chicago
Jun15

Video: 1930’s Chicago

I was doing some research into a missing public park in downtown Chicago when I stumbled across this video on YouTube. It’s a film made by a tourist named Noel Hughes in the 1930’s showing the highlights of Chicago. Enjoy!   Click here to watch this video on...

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Video Slice: Spring at Chicago’s Osaka Garden
Apr17

Video Slice: Spring at Chicago’s Osaka Garden

Spring has stubbornly refused to spring in Chicago.  But in some parts of the city, the flowers are pushing forth anyway. Here are some photos and a video we took at the Osaka Garden in Jackson Park last week.  Think warm thoughts!  ...

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A Swede on the South Side

    One could spend an entire week admiring the architecture of the University of Chicago.  One person who has plenty of time to do that is Carl von Linne.  In statue form, of course. Von Linne was a doctor and a scientist, and according to the Wikimopedia, is considered the father of both modern taxonomy (classifying plants and animals), and a founder of what we now call ecology. So, what’s this Swede doing perched in Hyde...

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Slice of Life: This is a Lawn

Found this down in Washington Park one day.  The one part of the lawn that isn’t the lawn is a metal manhole cover indicating “Lawn.”  Yes.  Yes it...

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Slice of Life: Invisible Nuclear History

It looks like just another athletic field now, but this was the location of one of the most important events in human history.  Some liken it to the development of speech, or the discovery of fire, or the invention of the wheel. I’m no scientician, so I’ll quote the Manhattan Project entry from Wikimopedia: The first major scientific hurdle of the project was solved on December 2, 1942, beneath the bleachers of Stagg Field...

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