Category Archives: Illinois

7650 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI

In a city filled with Minoru Yamasaki designs, here is a building that might have taken a few cues from him. The structure is elevated above street level and seems to float above a recessed first floor, both characteristics seen on … Continue reading

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New Graduate Residence Hall, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

One of Edward Durell Stone’s lesser-known works. This one from 1963. It was originally the Center for Continuing Education and was part of Eero Saarinen’s 1950s master plan for the University of Chicago. Mies van der Rohe and Saarinen himself … Continue reading

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Modern Buildings of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

There are a few interesting modern buildings on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois. Several were designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, noted for several of the firms other prominent buildings from the 1950s through the … Continue reading

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Historic Pullman Visitor Center, Pullman, IL

While the historic factory town of Pullman, in Chicago, is filled with original workers’ houses, a hotel, churches, factory buildings and stables from the early 1880s, the visitor center is somewhat peculiarly located in a former American Legion Building, constructed … Continue reading

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Sherwin-Williams, Chicago, IL

This building is the A.W. Steudel Technical Center, part of the Sherwin-Williams Co. Located at 549 East 115th Street, just south of the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside, it was built in 1969.

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River City, Chicago, IL

Although it’s outside the timeframe I use for this blog, I had to include the River City development in Chicago just because I feel like it evokes mid-century sensibilities. I would assume this was the early 1970s instead of 1986, … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist, Chicago, IL

Prolific Chicago-based architect Harry Weese designed this building on a prominent corner intersection in 1968. Weese, who is more well known for his triangular designs than circular ones, provided light to the site through a large skylight and light wells … Continue reading

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