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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One Last Chance to See SOM and CTA’s “Blinker” Trains
Aug28

One Last Chance to See SOM and CTA’s “Blinker” Trains

In case you missed it, July 31st was the last regular run for the Chicago Transit Authority’s 2200-series subway cars.  They were affectionately known as “blinker” cars because of the way their accordion doors opened.  People in wheelchairs had a less affectionate name for them, since they were built in 1969 and 1970, and thus not A.D.A.-compliant. The C.T.A. orchestrated a final commemorative trip with one of the...

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Slice of Life: The Pony Pound
Aug12

Slice of Life: The Pony Pound

Visually both modern and historic, the grandstand building at Arlington Park welcomes thousands of visitors and their money each year.  There are far worse ways to spend a lazy warm summer afternoon than watching the horse races. The current $100 million building was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and erected in the last 1980’s after a fire destroyed both the grandstand and the Post and Paddock Club.  The owner of the...

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AIA Chicago Young Architects Award Members Recognized At Reception
Jun03

AIA Chicago Young Architects Award Members Recognized At Reception

Five  members of the American Institute of Architects were recognized for meritorious achievement Thursday night at the Ukranian Village home of Joe Valerio and Linda Searl. They were the 2013 A.I.A. Young Architects Award recipients. The quintet has one other thing in common: they are all practicing architects in the Windy City, and they make up one-third of the national AIA Young Architects Award winners. AIA Chicago President Peter...

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