Lee Bey Looks at Chicago’s Hidden Modernist Gems

On March 8 at 5:30 pm Lee Bey, Photographer & Architecture Contributor for WBEZ and wbez.org, will reveal the modernist treasure that lies in Chicago’s neighborhoods in his talk “When the Bauhaus Met the Bungalow Belt.” He will explore a wide-ranging but relatively anonymous collection of postwar homes, neighborhoods, churches, synagogues, dry-cleaners, medical buildings and … Continue reading

Concrete Waves: Chicago’s Twin West Side Natatoria

by guest author Nate Lielasus The roof of the Ida Crown Natatorium in Eckhart Park is a wave of concrete about to crash onto the shore of Chicago Avenue. Slightly older than its twin in Harrison Park, at 18th and Wood Streets, the Eckhart Park Natatorium was constructed in 1961. The two Natatoria were built … Continue reading

The Ultimate Mies: The IBM Building

by guest author Elisabeth Logman To the casual onlooker the IBM Building may appear to be just one modern highrise among many in Chicago, but the building’s prototypical character speaks volumes about the powerful influence of the building’s iconic architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies came to Chicago in 1938 from Germany to serve … Continue reading

Churches for Changing Times

This is the second post in five-part series on architect Edward Dart by guest author Matt Seymour. Edward Dart: Church Architect From the early 1950s to the mid 1960s, Edward Dart designed 26 churches that were constructed primarily in the Chicago area.  The majority of the churches were designed in developing communities of the 1950s … Continue reading

Get Ready for Chicago Modern Events!

What do Pulitzer-Prize winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger, architect and “Mall Maker” Victor Gruen, Mad Men’s Don Draper, and the Hancock Center have in common? They all are part of the “Chicago Modern: More than Mies” events this spring! The Save Prentice Coalition, along with CAF, the Mies van der Rohe Society, AIA Chicago, the … Continue reading

Cast Your Vote to Show Prentice Some Love!

Do you ♥ Prentice? Thanks to everyone who Showed Prentice Some Love for Valentine’s Day! The five best valentines are posted and you can cast your vote by Feb. 16th to let us know which one you like best. The winners will get some fabulous prizes, include free beer and bowling at the 10pin at … Continue reading

Astor Tower Hotel: Goldberg in the Gold Coast

This is the first post in a series by guest author Susannah Ribstein The Astor Tower Hotel is an architectural gem hidden in plain sight. Located at the corner of Astor and Goethe Streets in the Gold Coast, it is a physically prominent but historically under-recognized tower designed by one of Chicago’s favorite modernist architects: … Continue reading

“Chicago Modern: More than Mies” is here!

by Chris Morris, Chicago Field Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation Chicago is a city that has long been known for architectural innovation. For over a century it’s been the home to some of the most prominent figures on the architecture scene and their canonical buildings. And when people think of Chicago’s Modern architecture, they most … Continue reading

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