Finding Chicago’s Hidden Modern Gems

by guest author, Jean Follett, Interim Executive Director of Landmarks Illinois For an architectural historian there is nothing more fun than finding hidden gems in familiar places. There are three places near my house in Hinsdale that make me smile every time I go by them, although I have been unable to identify an architect … Continue reading

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

Oak Park Village Hall: Learning from Säynätsalo

by guest author Matt Crawford Architect Harry Weese once described himself as a “man ten years ahead of a time that never comes,” but many of the ideas he had championed throughout his career, such as the lessons from Scandinavia, the importance of context and nature, the priority of human needs in architecture, and the … Continue reading

The Edge of Gruen: Shopping Malls and Suburbia

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Architecture and Design Film Fest starts this Friday at the Music Box. You have a chance to see a number of amazing films on mid-century and Modern architecture and landscapes including Eames: The Architect and Painter, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, and The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and … Continue reading

Saint Procopius: The Modern Abbey Church and Monastery

This is the fifth post in a series on architect Edward Dart by guest author Matt Seymour. Although not the most famous of Dart’s designs (Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue is Dart’s most recognizable building), St. Procopius Abbey Church and Monastery is one of his most distinctive designs.  Completed in 1967, St. Procopius is … Continue reading

Populuxe on the Park: St. Joseph Hospital

This is the second in a series of posts on Chicago’s Modern hospitals by guest author Nate Lielasus If you have ever driven South down North Lake Shore Drive, you have probably noticed the turquoise walls of St. Joseph Hospital, located at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Diversey Parkway. The end walls of … Continue reading

Metropolitan Correctional Center

by guest author Matt Crawford Mies and his followers believed that the steel-and-glass box was not just for corporate office towers, but that the form held the promise of a “universal space” that could house any function.  The adaptability of the steel and glass box is demonstrated by the Heating Plant (1961) at O’Hare Airport … Continue reading

Let There Be Light: The Chicago Loop Synagogue

by guest author John Cramer With its looming business towers and busy sidewalks and the noise of impatient car traffic, it’s surprising that the loudly beating heart of Chicago’s Loop has its share of quiet contemplative religious spaces. There’s the Gothic-spired Chicago Temple Building at Clark and Washington (Holabird & Roche, 1924) which houses a … Continue reading

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