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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Antennae

Another of a vanishing species, that most familiar of all rooftop accoutrements, the antenna! All of these were shot near Chicago’s Skyway! Whenever I see one of these, I am reminded of giant mosquitos.

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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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