When Abel Faidy and Julius Floto designed the Meyercord Company building at 5323 W. Lake in the late 30s, the Swiss-born Faidy already had a reputation for creativity and originality in furniture and interior design. Tall glass-block windows, rounded corners, and a central bay of glass bricks stretching three stories from sidewalk to roof give […]
Even houses of steel don’t last forever.
One of David Adler’s finest houses awaits a buyer.
In the winter of 1975, Jeanne Friedell, an art student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, stopped in at the local Ragstock outlet in search of something unusual to wear to an opening. Picking through the racks, she found a 50s-era black satin slip for three dollars. “I decided to wear it as a dress,” […]
Richard Neutra, the California architect often credited with introducing the International style to American architecture, only spent a couple years in the midwest, but they were formative ones. He was fascinated by the innovative commercial architecture of the Chicago School, and worked briefly for Holabird and Roche, the Chicago firm responsible for the first steel-skeleton […]
With its plain cream brick facade and run-down interior visible through a large display window, the Ford Motor Company showroom at 1444 S. Michigan doesn’t look like a landmark. But the utilitarian building has a revolutionary past–legend has it that while Henry Ford was here in 1905 to oversee the construction of his first showroom […]
Preservationists work to restore the reputation of William Edouard Scott, one of the preeminent African-American painters of the 20th century.
You have to look up to see the sculpture that adorns the only building on Block 37 that escaped the bulldozers 11 years ago–the Com Ed substation. Hidden in plain sight near the top of the structure is a male figure in a loincloth holding a thunderbolt in each hand while standing astride a group […]