Throwback Thursday: You Tore Down WHAT?!
Jun09

Throwback Thursday: You Tore Down WHAT?!

Living in a large city with lots of enormous buildings, it can seem like those structures have been there forever.  Especially when they’re government buildings, with all their monumental unfriendliness. Such is the case with the Federal Center, three black-as-a-coal-miner’s-tuckus Mies van der Rohe buildings fencing in Alexander Calder’s stark raving red Flamingo sculpture.  It seems like it’s all been there...

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It Looks Like Any Other Hardware Store, but There’s a Jazzy Surprise Inside Meyers
Nov26

It Looks Like Any Other Hardware Store, but There’s a Jazzy Surprise Inside Meyers

The Ace Hardware web site gives you the hours of operation at Bronzeville’s Meyers Ace Hardware Store, and a reminder that Ace is the helpful hardware place. What’s not covered in the online write-up is that Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Dizzie Gillespie each spent time in the building at 315 East 35th Street. And they weren’t looking for crescent wrenches. You see, Meyers Ace Hardware is in the space that was once home to the...

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