Falcon Update, the Ironies of Architecture, and Greetings from South Haven!

Well it’s been a while since our last Peregrine Falcon update – Ballistic the Mama Falcon has hatched all four of the eggs in her nest at the top of my listing at 1100 North Lake Shore Drive!  We have been leaving her alone but recently ABC News Chicago wanted to come and film a report on her and lo and behold the planter nest was empty but we found that she had moved them all in a gap of space underneath the planter.  Let’s all wish them the Best!

I believe people’s opinions about architecture are perhaps even more subjective than opinions about Music or Painting.  Often there are works that take years or even generations to go by before they are appreciated.  Sadly some works end up being demolished before the recognition for them sets in.  How sad a building like Sullivan’s original Chicago Stock Exchange Building, shown above, was torn down.  The remnant we see at the Art Institute is beautiful but really a bittersweet reminder of what we lost.

Thankfully the significance of Art Deco was recognized and appreciated early on.  I recently joined Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange as he took a group of 14 prominent visiting French architects on a walking tour of the Loop.  How interesting to see him cast a critical eye on the works of others!  The point is that the consensus of the group is that three old Art Deco or Classical buildings, the Board of Trade, 208 S. Lasalle, and 175 W. Jackson, were their favorites.  I’ll concede it may be more than coincidental that Lucien helped manage the rehab of the 208 S Lasalle and the 175 W Jackson building!

It was striking that these designers from the land where the Medieval clashes with soulless glass-and-steel, as so comically epitomized by Jacques Tati in his masterpiece “Playtime”, would land on three examples of an older era as their favorite buildings.  Above is a contemporary skyscraper shot from the City of Lights!

Back to the sometimes unavoidable fact of older buildings being demolished, it is ironic that the 1930 Holabird and Root designed Board of Trade building, shown above, was only built after an older and also famous Board of Trade building was torn down!  The older building, built in 1885 and designed by Boyington, was torn down due to its foundations, being sunk in muck, becoming unstable as foundations of nearby buildings were pounded into the earth.

We do have two beautiful remnants of the 1885 Board of Trade building, the statues shown above depicting Industry and Agriculture!

The swirl of subjective tastes and the ironies that abound in the field of architecture are perhaps best exemplified by considering the last days of Mies van der Rohe.  Although he is famous for his modernistic buildings and his influence on modern architecture, he lived for the last 28 years of his life in the classical, 1916-built, 200 E. Pearson building shown above.  This brings up the question of whether Mies was, ultimately, “Miesian”?

Finally, I am happy to have a Michigan property to help sell for the Summer – showing appointments for this lakefront gem will give me the perfect excuse to head over to South Haven on the beautiful eastern shore of the Lake!  Some dear friends of mine own this idyllic home and as their extended family grew it was clear they needed more room for all their visitors, so their beautiful home shown above is for sale.  Stunning Lake Michigan views, an exclusive lakeside Pool, and the glorious Beach, all at your fingertips!  It will be posted to my melindajakovich.com website by end of day, also feel free to call me at (312) 953-3425!
Have a great Summer!

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