Chicago Architecture and Design

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For over a century, Chicago has been evolving as a major creative center of American architecture. Its buildings are admired the world over for their inspired and original designs, which have made the city a mecca for architecture enthusiasts. This book is the first examination of Chicago's finest buildings from the viewpoint of their interior architecture. With an array of superb illustrations, many from the archives of Hedrich-Blessing, one of America's premier architectural photography firms, this lively book chronicles the development of Chicago's architecture and brings to life the events that surround it, beginning with the Great Fire of 1871 that reduced the city to ashes. Presented with a clean slate in the fire's aftermath, architects flocked to the raw and booming city, bringing fresh ideas and vitality - and the new technology that made skyscrapers possible, such as the fireproof steel frame and the safety elevator. H. H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, John Wellborn Root, William LeBaron Jenney, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and their successors utilized these innovations and greatly influenced the look of modern American cities. Their legacy continues to inspire admiration, as can be seen in the 243 photographs, 108 in full color, that reveal the interiors - along with an exterior view - of more than 70 important buildings, from Richardson's 1887 Glessner House through the current work of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Cesar Pelli, and others. Biographical information about the leading architects is integrated with the architectural discussion. Impassioned debates about the merits of a building, new or old, are as much a part of Chicago's architectural tradition as the buildings themselves. This book includes discussions of the famous Tribune Tower competition as well as of the Harold Washington Library Center and Helmut John's State of Illinois Building. Are we to believe Mies van der Rohe's aphorism that "less is more"
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This lavish, strikingly designed survey focuses on more than 70 Chicago buildings, with an emphasis on their interiors. The book traces the advent of Chicago modernism in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871, which gave a clean slate to architects Louis Sullivan and John Wellborn Root. Sullivan's disciple, Frank Lloyd Wright, dissolved the boundaries between interior and exterior space in suburban houses that transformed the idea of the single-family home. Mies van der Rohe, George and William Keck and Cesar Pelli, each in different ways, preserved the Chicago School's values of economy, natural light and simplicity. The 243 plates (108 in color) range from H. H. Richardson's 1887 Glessner House, modeled on a medieval English abbey, to Helmut Jahn's gleaming Xerox Centre, and spotlight such landmarks as the Marshall Field store, Marina City, the Railway Exchange, the Auditorium opera house and Eliel and Eero Saarinen's lyrical Crow Island School in the suburb of Winnetka. Larson is a Chicago architect, Pridmore a contributor to the Chicago Tribune. (Nov.)
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This book is not to be confused with the almost identically titled Chicago Architecture and Design, 1923-1993 ( LJ 10/1/93), the sequel to Chicago Architecture 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis (Prestel, 1987). These two volumes catalog exhibitions at the Chicago Art Institute celebrating the centennial of the Chicago School of Architecture and the great World's Columbian Exhibition held in The Windy City in 1893 along with more recent architecture extending up to the present. What distinguishes the book at hand from its more scholarly cousins is its emphasis on architectural interiors. It is well written and beautifully illustrated by photographs from the famous collection of Hedrich-Blessing. Highly recommended for architecture libraries and larger art collections.-- Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810931923
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/1993
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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