Mies Stairway Is Focal Point Of The Arts Club Of Chicago
Dec29

Mies Stairway Is Focal Point Of The Arts Club Of Chicago

Climb the stairs from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor of the Arts Club of Chicago, and you’ll be walking on architectural history. It’s not any old flight of stairs–this one was rescued from the previous Arts Club building two blocks west of this location at 201 East Ontario Street. The old Arts Club building, stairs and all, was designed by Mies van der Rohe. In 1997, the new Arts Club was built, designed by John...

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Ten Design Details: The Sullivan Center And Its Famous Cast-Iron Façade
Oct12

Ten Design Details: The Sullivan Center And Its Famous Cast-Iron Façade

Most Target stores are boxy ho-hum affairs alongside similar boring suburban buildings. Not so the store at 1 South State Street in the Loop. This is a building with character, history and unique design elements. But then, you’d expect no less from a structure designed by Adler and Sullivan, and touch-ups by John Vinci. During the Chicago Architecture Biennial opening weekend, Preservation Chicago offered a unique look at the former...

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The World According To John Vinci
Aug11

The World According To John Vinci

If you want to get the inside story on the Chicago architecture scene over the past half-century, a fascinating read is available online in Betty Blum’s oral history of John Vinci. Another option: spend an hour talking to Vinci, as I had the pleasure of doing last week. At 77, Vinci shows no sign of slowing down. He is the principal of Vinci | Hamp Architects where he’s run the show with Phil Hamp since 1985. Vinci graduated from IIT...

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