Chicago - Adams and LaSalle

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OP Hello123 Senior Member • Posts: 1,221
Re: Chicago - Adams and LaSalle

SteveS58 wrote:

Hello123 wrote:

Perhaps the most beautiful building and certainly one of the oldest buildings in Chicago. This image is more about the shading/highlights than anything else.

Below is the same sign (under the oil lamp shade) from roughly 1906. All of the buildings in this image other than the Rookery have been torn down

A nice detail from a bygone era. Look at all those beautiful buildings in the background. Americans have a habit of ripping down historic buildings in the name of progress, and later lamenting the fact that they're gone. In NYC where I live, it's a crime that they ripped down the old Penn Station. If not for Jacqueline Kennedy, Grand Central Station would have been history.

Thanks for juxtaposing the old with the current.


Chicago has lost more than a few buildings. Garrick Theater, Chicago Federal Building, Phonex, Mecca apartment building, and the Old Chicago Stock Exchange Building all come to mind. Fortunately, Chicago architecture has had a few champions along the way. Richard Nickel and his camera really helped to bring this issue to the publics attention.

As much as I dislike him, Mayor Richard Daley did a lot for saving the Loop from the wrecking ball. Working with local universities and colleges, they were able to repurpose some of Chicago's buildings many of which were sitting empty for years... Many of these buildings are priceless and make the city so unique.

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