Rising Sinclair Masks Old Town Mural
Jun13

Rising Sinclair Masks Old Town Mural

Chicago is a city of landmarks, both official and unofficial.  One of the city’s beloved, but still unofficial, landmarks is the trompe-l’œil mural painted on the south side of the LaSalle Towers apartment building at 1211 North LaSalle Street.  It’s called Homage to the Chicago School of Architecture, and is the work of Richard Haas and went up in the 1980’s during a renovation of the 1929 building.  But...

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Bring Home a Piece of Adler & Sullivan
Mar15

Bring Home a Piece of Adler & Sullivan

There’s something about the old Chicago Stock Exchange Building that architecture enthusiasts just love. Unfortunately, they didn’t love the Adler and Sullivan creation enough back in 1972 when they allowed it to be demolished.  But in spite of being torn to bits, sold for scrap, and nearly forgotten, pieces of the building still survive and are cherished by collectors. Parts of the original building have been incorporated...

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Big Grant to Help Conserve Adler & Sullivan’s Charnley-Persky House
Feb08

Big Grant to Help Conserve Adler & Sullivan’s Charnley-Persky House

It’s the ultimate in name-dropping.  The Charnley-Persky House, designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan when Frank Lloyd Wright was still getting them coffee (apprentice… intern… whatever) and formerly owned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has a brighter future this morning.  The Society of Architectural Historians, which currently occupies the Gold Coast manse, has received a $123,000 grant to help keep the...

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Charnley-Persky House Is The Result Of A Collaboration Between Two Legendary Architects
Dec10

Charnley-Persky House Is The Result Of A Collaboration Between Two Legendary Architects

Among the classic stately mansions you’ll find along the Gold Coast, one house stands out. The Charnley-Persky House at 1365 North Astor Street is noteworthy for both its symmetrical design and for the architects who designed it. The design dream team was Louis Sullivan and his junior draftsman: Frank Lloyd Wright. This structure was one of the fascinating architectural gems open to visitors during the Chicago Architecture...

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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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G’Day Mate: Aussie Pub Calls Chicago Architecture One Of World’s Best
Sep01

G’Day Mate: Aussie Pub Calls Chicago Architecture One Of World’s Best

If more visitors seem to have an Australian accent, we may be able to thank the travel website traveller.com.au, which just named Chicago one of the six best cities in the world for great architecture. Traveller.com called Chicago “the home of the skyscraper,” and “a rite of passage for every architecture student.” It went on to describe how Daniel Burham and Louis Sullivan made the city their laboratory for...

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It’s Chicago vs St. Louis This Weekend — In Baseball and Architecture
Apr03

It’s Chicago vs St. Louis This Weekend — In Baseball and Architecture

With the hubbub surrounding the controversial Wrigley Field renovation, this year, opening day for the Chicago Cubs is more exciting than usual. On Sunday night, Cubs fans will turn their attention to brand-new video boards, bleachers under construction and the face-off between Cubs pitcher Jon Lester and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. At The Chicago Architecture Blog, we mark the start of the baseball season with a quick look at...

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Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
Feb24

Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

Stroll down Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and you will find Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (1121 North Leavitt Street), one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant and beautiful houses of worship. Louis Sullivan designed Holy Trinity in 1901. Tsar Nicholas II donated $4,000 toward its construction, which was completed in 1903. Holy Trinity was originally established as a parish church to serve...

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Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre Turns 125
Mar31

Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre Turns 125

 The Auditorium Theatre By The Numbers Age: 125 years Ranking in height among U.S. buildings when construction was completed in 1889: #1 Ranking among best venues to host rock concerts in 1973: #1 Year the Chicago Symphony Orchestra debuted in the theatre: 1891 Year the Auditorium Theatre was named a National Historic Landmark: 1975 Total available seating: 3,901 Money raised in 1933 (during the Great Depression) to refurbish the...

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