Churchill Downs: A Historian’s Perspective

Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, has a storied history and has drawn vast crowds year after year for over a century. The racetrack was founded in 1872 by Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark (yes, he’s the grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition!) and the Kentucky Derby was started in 1875.… Read More Churchill Downs: A Historian’s Perspective

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The Surprising Interior of the Brewster Apartment Building

  The Brewster Apartment Building, built in 1893, is a stately but fairly unassuming building on the corner of Diversey and Pine Grove in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Besides the impressive, Sullivanesque detailing under the eaves, it is easy to look past it. However, its dark exterior is misleading. Much like The Rookery, Chicago’s Burnham &… Read More The Surprising Interior of the Brewster Apartment Building