Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect amidst a lot of material innovation, and finding new ways to use these materials was one of his strong suits. Just look at all of his work with concrete, from Unity Temple to the fascinating Ennis House in LA. Wright’s early career was developing at the same time as… Read More A Journey in the Art Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright
Chicago holds a unique place in skyscraper history. It was home to one of the very first skyscrapers and for many years was the location of the world’s tallest building. Chicago’s skyscrapers weren’t just cutting edge in technology; they also pushed boundaries and explored new ideas in design. A prime example is the Tribune Tower,… Read More A History of Height: Chicago and the Tribune Tower
You’ve heard of brownstones (hello Boston, New York, and Philadelphia!). What about Chicago’s greystones? I may be late to the game here, but Greystones were a new thing to me when I moved to Chicago last year. They immediately became one of my favorite building types in the city for their distinctive yet stately qualities.… Read More So, What’s a Greystone?
Despite my being an architectural historian, my favorite parts of Chicago are far and away the parks. I am lucky to live near Lincoln Park and on my frequent trips to the Loop I almost always make a detour to walk through Millenium Park (or I’m headed there for one of their evening concerts!). Believe… Read More Ode to Millenium Park
Taliesin is best known as the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, famous architect. But it was far more than a home. On my recent visit to Taliesin, just as each curving hill revealed a different building on the estate, each space provided a new story–and not necessarily the one I expected. Here I’ve collected a… Read More 5 Surprising Things About Taliesin
Frank Lloyd Wright spent much of his childhood near Spring Green, Wisconsin, and lived there off and on from the 1911 construction of Taliesin, his Wisconsin estate, until his death in 1959. Despite Wright’s mixed relationship with the locals, you don’t have to look far to see his influence on local architecture. And I’m not… Read More Finding the Wright Influence: Spring Green
Chicago’s location is no mistake: the meeting of the Chicago River and the western shores of Lake Michigan made it a key location in the Great Lakes. While water transportation is not as key as it used to be, Chicago’s many waterfronts are some of the best places in Chicago to spend time and they… Read More Chicago From the Water