[Lost Chicago] Free × David Garrard Lowe

Lost ChicagoActoid most of Chicago had to be filled because most "of the original city was close to the ground water evel A fun skim for those of us who ike "the original city was close to the ground water evel A fun skim for those of us who ike architecture Printed on matte paper with OK black and white reproductions If you are a chicago native you must own this book In its use of planting and its open welcoming entrance Purcell Feick and Elmslie s Edison Phonograph Shop built at 229 South Wabash Avenue in 1912 was a stellar example of how a small store can humanize a busy street Its bold geometric design in buff brick relieved only by touches of formal floral ornamentation was also a brick relieved only by touches of formal floral ornamentation was also a example of the influence of the Vienna Secession movement on Chicago design In 1957 the Commission on Chicago Landmarks described the shop as a place of dignity and beauty These ualities were evidently expendable for the Edison shop was destroyed in 1967 I will admit that I did not read all the text Pictures and captions were enough to kick my nostalgia into high gear and mourn for ost *architecture This volume presents the growth of Chicago as viewed through *This volume presents the growth of Chicago as viewed through architectural progress Since so much of the art and architecture from Chicago s past endures only in photographs this work is correctly Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays labeled Lost Chicago Students ofocal and public history will take special interest in this work Illustrated with than 200 black white photograph. Ham William Holabird and Frank Lloyd Wright But this remarkable book is much than a portfolio of now vanished buildings; within its pages are evocative sketches of scores of Chicago personalities from the world famous Abraham Lincoln Theodore Dreiser Clarence Darrow Ben Hecht Jane Addams Cyrus McCormick George Pullman and Gustavus Swift to name just a few to the ocally notorio.

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Zing old buildings with HUGE significance have been torn down especially during the 1950s to 1970s Richard Nickel ived through some of the worst of it Lots of cool photos are included *WHICH IS FUN AND EDUCATIONAL ONE INTERESTING NOTE IS *is fun and educational One interesting note is author s focus and promotion of John Wellborn Root and his talents and how the author downplayed everything Daniel Burnham was a part of Apparently someone isn t cool enough to worship Mr Burnham as he should but it was an interesting and new perspective I first read this book in 1975 and I still have that early edition Filled with great old photographs and a ively and engaging text I think it s a must for anyone interested in Chicago s history It also makes a convincing argument for the preservation of historical andmarks Excellent book for its publication date I read the original edition which had black white photos in ine of Xerox copies but almost 35 years ago that is acceptable Interesting topics discussed and Lowe writes clearly and concisely While *there s a fair amount of text I mostly skipped over *s a fair amount of text I mostly skipped over ooking for pictures of smaller commercial buildings and residences There were a some nice ones but on mansions and grand civil buildings as well as a fun photo section on the 1893 Columbian Exhibitionsee The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America A fun Craper Here too are the famous convention halls parks and racetracks of a great American city whose architectural treasures have been and continue to be recklessly suanderedRare photographs and prints many of them published here for the first time document the transformative architectural achievements of such giants as Dankmar Adler Louis Sullivan John Wellburn Root Daniel Burn. Any Chicagoan with even the faintest interest *in architecture will be fascinated by the history of buildings in the city prior to the fire *architecture will be fascinated by the history of buildings in the city prior to the fire rebuilding the fairs and most of all the unfortunate oss hence the title of magnificent *structures The book has just enough text to give background and keep the reader interested and photographs galore of *The book has just enough text to give background and keep the reader interested and photographs galore of residential commercial and governmental I ve often wandered the Loop ooking up at what "I thought were some interesting castings moldings iron work and details of "thought were some interesting castings moldings iron work and details of and scrollwork The knowledge that what I m seeing is not one hundredth of what was once ining the business district Michigan Avenue and along the river is both awesome and sad Oh to be able to see this city in the era of the trains and all the business they brought This place had MONEY But eventually the buildings were too arge to keep up or outdated bands and theater succumbed to television All the pillars marble statuary what became of them Just crushed to become fill for Grant Park or road beds I will be searching for because of Lowe s book I read the hardback copy but I assume the content is the same This is a beautiful book with fascinating photos from forgotten and ost parts of Chicago Some of the art deco buildings are incredible Excellent book Definitely worth the read but one gets sad about how many really ama. 30th AnniversaryThese dazzling poignant pages recreate the magical built environment that thrilled generations of Chicago residents and visitors alike before falling victim to the wrecking ball of “progress”Here are the grand residences and hotels opulent theaters egendary trains and state of the art office buildings and department stores including the world’s first skys. ,