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This highly significant work of Louis Sullivan stands in Graceland Cemetery in the Uptown neighborhood. It is said to be an the early example of the Chicago School of architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright described it as “a piece of sculpture, a statue, a great poem.” Perfectly illustrates the architectural concept of “cubic massing”.

The Chess Pavilion


Join JK as he takes a closer look at Chicago architect Maurice Webster’s chess pavilion. The stone sculpture work of Boris Gilbertson is also on display in this short video about Laurens Hammond’s gift to Chicago.
Maurice Webster's Chess Pavilion

Edgewater Beach Apartments

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Designed by architects Marshall and Fox, the Edgewater Beach Apartments were completed in 1928. Seen from above, you’ll note the building’s distinct core form, known as a cross moline, or croix fourche which means “forked cross” in the English language:

Among the more interesting facts about the apartments, I came up with curious murder case of the late Dr. Silber C. Peacock, a reputable Chicago pediatrician and resident of the Edgewater Beach Apartments, who was murdered after responding to a phony house call. You can read some of the legal correspondence in Reck v. People of the State of Illinois“.

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Edgewater Beach Apartments from Jay Hagstrom on Vimeo.

Preliminary animation for a film short about the Edgewater Beach complex. So far, I’m just messing around with 3D layers in Adobe After Effects. Eventually I hope to have an entire series of architecture animation features, with narrations.

During it’s heyday, the Edgewater Beach Hotel and Apartments exclusive clientele demanded the services of a seaplane. No need to commute to the airport when a plane awaits at the end of a dock.

An interesting current day fact about the Edgewater Beach Apartments building; It houses a restaurant called the Edgewater Beach Cafe that doesn’t look bad, if you believe the user reviews written in Citysearch. Apparently they have an excellent roast duck in apple brandy sauce.

Where is Bob Newhart’s Condo?

I’m sorry to admit that I have played Hi Bob on several occasions. I’m talking about the drinking game where everyone in the room takes a drink whenever a character on the Bob Newhart show says Hi Bob… I don’t play drinking games too often, instead I run along the lakefront path. I was always of the notion that it was the brown brick highrise building closest to Hollywood. Recently I asked an Edgewater area resident to tell me which building was indeed Bob’s. He claimed that it was a building on the 6000 block called “The Malibu”… After consulting Wikipedia on the subject, it turns out we were both wrong.

The actual Bob Newhart building is called “The Thorndale”, and it is at 5901 North Sheridan. The entire area is brimming with mid-century highrise buildings. If you walk up to Bob’s building from the beach, you can actually convince yourself that you are in San Diego, unless less it is autumn or winter, which makes self-deception more difficult to achieve.
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It’s not the one in front, it’s the less tall building just beyond it.
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The Thorndale Beach Condos. The unit above Bob was recently on the market.
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Balconies in Chicago: Extremely useful for three months of the year!
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Bob smacks this sign with his hand on his way to work.

Water Towers

Once part of a local ordinance, water towers are a vanishing species. To disassemble and remove them is quite expensive, but so is having them frequently repainted after they’re tagged with graffiti. Most of the steel frames have been repurposed as microwave towers:

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Churches

The first church in the gallery below was featured in The Blues Brothers. In the film it was called the “Triple Rock Church”… In actuality, the church is still functioning and well-attended, it’s the Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago. The church recently celebrated its 92nd anniversary. Some of the windows on the front facade and bell tower have been covered over with siding since the filming, but it is still quite impressive in it’s scale and simplicity. If you want to see this church for yourself, head over to 3235 E. 91st Street…


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Friezes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frieze

No, I’m not talking about a Slurpee, or a Frappucino. A frieze is a band of ornament on the entablature of classical architecture. In Chicago, this can take many forms. Here are a few of my favorites. The first picture is of 8500 South Burley. Exterior building shots for the Blues Brothers, “Curl Up & Dye Salon”:

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“What I wanted to do was paint sunlight on the side of a house” -E. Hopper

Awnings

With the exception of “Old Glory”, broad stripes vanished for nearly 50 years. Guess what? They’re back! …and who doesn’t love a good awning? They keep us dry on rainy days, and have a happy candy-stripe appearance. Now a rarity, be on the look out for the triumphant return of this old architectural standard. Especially as the city approves more outdoor liquor licenses this summer.

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Bridges & Spans

What do YOU know about these bridges?

Bono has on many occasions remarked upon the resemblance of his hometown town of Dublin to Chicago. It’s true! They are both towns with LOT of bascule bridges.

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