Could she have commented, "Oh, I would like to see a picture of the sea lions at the Lincoln Park Zoo, please"? No, she leaves here a list that will take the better part of two months to photograph. She knows I won’t cheat and post stock photos but only my own so she sets me down this path….and do you know what? It’s all to distract me from the fact that, at the moment, Illinois is trouncing those Green Meanies, 13-9. Hah!
Here are a couple photos I took of the Jeweler’s Building at 35 E. Wacker Drive. It was completed in 1927.
This 40-story building was the tallest outside of New York City at the
time of its construction. Amazingly, this building originally had an elevator that carried individual automobiles
to the 2nd through the 22nd floors so jewelers could remain in their cars with their gems. The building’s terra cotta-clad, classical design marks it as one of
the most prominent high-rise statements of the so-called City Beautiful
Movement. It is also the most notable work of the partnership of
Joachim Giaver and Frederick Dinkelberg, who had spent most of their
architectural careers with the firm of D.H. Burnham & Company. For those of you who read The Devil in The White City, Burnham was the moving force behind the Columbian Exposition of 1893. If you haven’t read this book- do!
The first picture was so dark (it was, for ten minutes, a dark and gloomy afternoon) that I had to photoshop the exposure. Pretend it’s art. The second picture I like because it shows this classical design in the context of it’s present day neighbors on the Loop.
This post is part of the "Where We Live" series started by Laura at Vitamin Sea. Read below and feel free to add your requests- within reason.