Carson Pirie Scott: A Solution for the Railway Exchange Building

What will we do with the giant empty hulk of the Railway Exchange Building?  It seems that the age of the august department store in downtown is over, because, despite angry nostalgia when they close, nobody shops at them.  My heart sunk when I walked in to buy a wedding gift at the downtown Macy’s…

Chicago and St. Louis: Differences in Ecclesiastical Architecture

Recently, while in Chicago, Rob Powers and I drove around looking for all of the churches that I’ve always seen from the interstates and wondered what they were like. One in particular, right down in one of the oldest parts of the city is this church, which I suspect is a Jesuit church since their…

Louis Sullivan Mausolea in St. Louis and Chicago

I’ve looked at Louis Sullivan’s masterpiece, the Wainwright Tomb in Bellefontaine Cemetery in the past, but a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the other two mausolea designed by the great architect in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. The first one, the Ryerson Mausoleum is relatively conservative, though even in the Egyptian Revival…

Chicago Gothic Revival

This great building in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile is the way skyscrapers should be built; right up to the street with shopping on the first floor. None of that “tower in a park” crap that got so popular in the Twentieth Century. Note the decorative brickwork on the side of the building; while…

Washburne Trade School Almost Gone

Update: This is probably no longer the largest building that I’ve been in to be demolished. That distinction goes to Crestwood Mall. I had heard that Washburne was coming down quickly, but I was stunned at the rate of progress. I parked along the street in front, got out and took some photos, wished I…

Evanston, Illinois Textures

Having grown tired of taking another dozen pictures of the Rookery Building in Chicago, I decided to photograph something else the last time I was in Chicago. Here are some of the fruits and vegetables I saw in the farmers’ market in Evanston, to the north of the city.

Washburne Trade School Coming Down

Update: Further demolition occurred by late July 2009. The building is now completely gone. Reading around the web, I found out that the fabled Washburne Trade School in Chicago is being demolished as we speak.