Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost
Sep03

Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost

You can do lots of things with money.  You can help someone in need.  You can buy a cat.  And with enough of it, you can save the old Cook County Hospital Building. The former Cook County Hospital (March 2009) A big step in the direction of saving that structure is coming from the State of Illinois, which has chosen the vacant hospital building to receive three million dollars in tax credits for its rehabilitation. The money comes...

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Here Are the Last Two Lakefront Houses in Chicago
Aug29

Here Are the Last Two Lakefront Houses in Chicago

In the city of Chicago there are about 1.19 million homes. That includes apartments, condos, S.R.O’s, two-flats and more. Of those 1.19 million, 302,000 are single-family detached homes. Of those 302,000 just two have something none of the other homes have — Their own private piece of the Lake Michigan shoreline. The idea of looking into this came from Northwestern’s Dr. Robert Vogelzang, who was knocking a few balls...

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Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank
Sep23

Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank

After years of decay, the newly-restored Stony Island Arts Bank is ready to shine again. The 17,000 square foot building was the most ambitious project undertaken by Rebuild Foundation and its founder, artist/urban planner Theaster Gates, Jr. Stony Island Arts Bank will officially re-open on Oct. 3 as a primary venue for the Chicago Architectural Biennial. A sneak preview was offered over the weekend at the facility at 68th Street and...

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Your OHC Photos: Windsor Beach Apartments
Oct28

Your OHC Photos: Windsor Beach Apartments

One of the great things about Open House Chicago is that regular people get to visit extraordinary places.  Especially private places that are typically off-limits to the public.  One of those places this year was the Windsor Beach Apartments (7321 South South Shore Drive) in the South Shore neighborhood. The 13-story art deco tower has its own private beach and was designed by Robert De Golyer. Blog reader Ann F. stopped in and...

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Your OHC Photos: Saint Philip Neri Church
Oct28

Your OHC Photos: Saint Philip Neri Church

Chicago is the home to many architectural styles.  Meisian. Chicago School.  Prairie Style.  But have you heard of South Shore Gothic?  You can experience the church that gave birth to the style on 71st Street: Saint Philip Neri Church (2132 East 72nd Street) in the South Shore neighborhood. It was built in 1928 by Joseph W. McCarthy, a good New York Catholic school boy who moved to Chicago and flourished under Daniel Burnham.  He is...

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Your OHC Photos: The Coastland Apartments
Oct27

Your OHC Photos: The Coastland Apartments

Chicago Architecture Blog reader Ann F. was very busy during the 2013 Open House Chicago visiting landmarks in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. She shared these photos she took of the Coastland Apartments (2666 East 73rd Street), a 13-story building from the late 1920’s designed by Charles Draper Faulkner that’s hard on the Lake Michigan shoreline and sports its own private beach. This article is the result of...

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