Green Buildings for a Green Holiday

I love the old entrances to the El. This one, on the Brown Line, has beautiful green doors.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I thought it would be fun to pull together some pictures of green buildings I’ve spotted in the past year. It turns out green is not a particularly popular color for buildings but I am impressed particularly with the variety in Chicago. Maybe next year I’ll find some buildings that reflect Irish history–does anyone know if there is such a thing in Chicago? I may have to head to the Eastern Seaboard (or abroad?)!

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.

The Wrigley Mansion is located on the western edge of Lincoln Park and features this amazing green sunroom. The house has been on the market but recently sold. I’m dying to see the interior!
The aptly named Greenstone Church was built in Pullman (south of Chicago) in 1882.
The beautiful, Art Deco gem that is the Carbide and Carbon Building (1929)! The only Chicago skyscraper that is green and black with gold details. And also, rumors afloat that it is changing hands–crossing my fingers for good things.
I visited Vermont last fall and caught this wonderful green house on a quiet street in Woodstock.
A green, double-gabled house in Milwaukee.
Another Milwaukee beauty. I love the porte-cohere here. And green roof tiles? I’m all in!

Further reading (or architecture admiring!):

More on Pullman can be found on last year’s post, here.

More from my visit to Vermont last fall.

Interested in Milwaukee? Check out this post.


6 thoughts on “Green Buildings for a Green Holiday

    1. This is perfect, thank you!! Definitely digging into this ASAP. There are many neighborhoods I hear about a lot (the Ukrainian neighborhood, Greektown, Andersonville [the Scandinavian neighborhood]) but I’ve been starting to look for a few of the cultures that must be here but aren’t readily apparent. Looking forward to learning more!

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  1. One of the legacies of Jane Addams and the Hull House program was the cultural celebrations. In working with immigrants, they celebrated original cultures through “Greek Night”, or “Irish Night” or any of the many countries who came to the US. You might even try some of the early work done by Addams or others for insight into the Irish presence in Chicago. She is (of course!:) the mother of social work.

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