Lost Dart, Losing Goldberg

This is the final post in a five-part series on Edward Dart by guest author Matt Seymour. In a 1960 article written for the Chicago American by Ernest Tucker entitled “New Buildings Too Much Alike,” the state of Chicago’s architectural scene was discussed— Tucker coined a phrase where he referred to modern architecture as the … Continue reading

Dart Residential Design: Distinctive Materials, Sites and Spaces

This is the third entry in a series on architect Edward Dart by guest author, Matt Seymour Edward Dart designed around 51 custom homes in the Chicago area during his independent career.  No two houses are the same, but they all incorporate natural materials like brick, wood and stone, inside and out.  The majority of … Continue reading

Without Fuss or Feathers: Bertrand Goldberg, Hilliard Homes, and Architecture for the Poor, Part 2

This is the second part in a 2-part series on Bertrand Goldberg’s Hilliard Homes by guest author Susannah Ribstein Last time we read about the design for Hilliard Homes and Bertrand Goldberg’s radical idea that cutting-edge architecture might be able to soothe some of the pains of poverty. This time we’ll take a look at … Continue reading

Without Fuss or Feathers: Bertrand Goldberg, Hilliard Homes, and Architecture for the Poor

This is the first part in a 2-part series on Bertrand Goldberg’s Hilliard Homes by guest author Susannah Ribstein Nestled between the South Loop and Chinatown, near the rumbling elevated tracks of the CTA Red Line, sits one of Chicago’s most architecturally distinguished housing projects: the Raymond Hilliard Center. Designed by Bertrand Goldberg from 1963 … 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

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

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