Posts tagged "Architecture"

1880s NIMBYs and the Glessner House

Henry Hobson Richardson‘s Glessner House, now a museum and local and national landmark, was not well-received by its neighbors at the time it was built, according to a wonderful quote from the Chicago Evening Journal. On July 10, 1886, the paper reported: Richardson, the famous Boston architect, had before his death orders for several houses... Read more »

A newly-listed 4-bedroom for $4.95M in a cash-only Gold Coast co-op

The Chicago co-op building at 1500 N Lake Shore Drive is the only Chicago project credited to Rosario Candela, the designer of many of New York’s most luxurious apartment buildings. When the building opened in the late 1920s Ruth Bergman wrote that “Olympus is more beautiful but the gods have never chilled their nectar in... Read more »

Pilsen's Bohemian builders, Mexican preservationists and sustainability issues

The Pilsen Historic District is bounded roughly on the east and west by Halsted St (800 W) and Western Ave (2400 W), on the south by Cermak Rd (2200 S) and on the north by the railroad embankment just north of 16th St. It’s a large area, and if you were to traverse all of... Read more »
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Chicago remembers Bill Lavicka, master architectural preservationist

William “Bill” Lavicka impressed, charmed and captivated many people during his life, including many in the media, Don DeBat among them. Don became friends with Bill in 1974 when he wrote a neighborhood story on the Jackson Boulevard Historic District. They made wine together in Bill’s basement since 1983. Don sent along this remembrance of... Read more »

A look at Lucien Lagrange buildings, built and unbuilt

In the above video Lissa Weinstein takes you on a walking tour of six buildings designed by architect Lucien Lagrange: The Park Hyatt, 840 N Lake Shore Dr, The Elysian, 65 East Goethe, 2520 Lincoln Park West and the Ritz-Carlton condos. Lagrange has designed in a variety of styles, but these buildings all showcase a... Read more »

Video tour of a Patterson McCormick Mansion condo

The historic Patterson McCormick Mansion, built in 1893, was designed by Stanford White and expanded in 1927 by David Adler. Warm Roman brick and terra cotta trim contribute to the distinctive aura of this grand palazzo-style home, which was built as a wedding gift for the daughter of the Chicago Tribune’s Joseph Medill. The mansion,... Read more »
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Rodkin visits a Marshall classic on East Lake Shore Drive

A while back Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin announced that he would be doing more of his videos solo, unaccompanied by an agent or owner, and he’s followed that plan in a recent visit to a Benjamin Marshall classic. The 27-unit co-op building at 999 Lake Shore Drive was designed by Marshall, and was the first... Read more »

Why not a mansion in lieu of a high-rise or synagogue?

Three and a half years ago a developer was planning a 28-story Hartshorne-Plunkard designed high-rise for the 15,295 square foot lot at 111 W Chestnut St in River North. Six months ago the property was on the market as a bank-approved short sale for $3,149,000. Fast forward to today and Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily... Read more »

Should Wright's Robie House be a World Heritage site?

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Hyde Park is one of a number of Wright buildings nominated for inclusion on the United Nations World Heritage List. The list of nominated Wright properties includes Fallingwater, his most celebrated work. I’ve always been fascinated by Fallingwater, in part because I had the privilege of visiting its grounds... Read more »
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Living in a landmark – the Wrigley Mansion

The Theurer-Wrigley House, better known as the Wrigley Mansion, at 2466 N Lakeview in Lincoln Park, is currently for sale for $9.5 million, though not listed in the MLS. The home is a Chicago landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Earlier today I had an opportunity to take a video... Read more »