Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Views From the Street

I was in Chicago yesterday for a job.

The John Hancock building is as much a part of the Chicago skyline as the Sears, no, Willis, Tower, several miles south of here, is. There wasn't a cloud in the sky.

St. Dominic Catholic Church was near the parking lot of the project. This is an old church, built by immigrants. You can tell this by the clearstory windows in the chancel. I wonder if the spires of the churches in Chicago are all different or if several churches were built by German immigrants, their spires are the same. Maybe spires from the same era, say 1900-1920, are all the same. Perhaps someone has answered this question.

I love the architecture of the building. These churches are a bear to maintain, all that space that needs to be heated and cooled, as well as an acre of roof. Plus, the communities they serve have changed so much from the time of construction. Still, they are architectural gems, worthy of preservation if, for no other reason than the history of the neighborhood where they were built. Now I wonder if the Chicago Architecture Foundation has a church architecture tour.

This is One River Place, at the corner of Larrabee and Chicago Avenue. It's a condo building. I like the Art Deco feel of the exterior but was drawn to the statue on the peak. I can't find anything to say if it's an over-sized wind vane or just a statue. The arm points in the direction the wind was yesterday so I could be forgiven for thinking it's a weather vane. It kind of reminds me of the building in Ghostbusters, with the decorations.

I'm lucky to have a job that allows me to travel around the city. There's something new to see every time I go.

Beverage:  Huckleberry Tea


1 comment:

  1. I like seeing pics of your city :)
    Every city has it's own charm and architecture.