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the urban politician Jun 16, 2009 4:13 AM

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Originally Posted by VivaLFuego (Post 4308502)
And great that is was just landmarked, but unfortunately the dump of a vacant useless theater next door was landmarked too, presumably to grace the neighborhood with blight for years to come due to there being no viable economic re-use. Check out the nice quaint 3 story building where the shitbox Michael's North restaurant is now, too. Between that and the theater, what a prime redevelopment site...

^ You don't like Michael's North? My God, they make the best omelettes!

Pru Jun 16, 2009 5:22 AM

Re: the "Standard Oil Bldg"...

Notice the original Italian marble cladding. Much whiter!

VivaLFuego Jun 16, 2009 2:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 4308565)
^ You don't like Michael's North? My God, they make the best omelettes!

:haha: , I do quite like their Hobo Skillet and they brown a perfect corned beef hash. I'm just saying the building is a shitbox - I'd rather see them reopen in the ground-floor retail space of a midrise with a 5.0 floor area ratio as allowed by the underlying zoning but disallowed by aldermanic perogative.

Nowhereman1280 Jun 18, 2009 12:56 AM

People do some stupid shit sometimes:

Ski jump at Soldier Filed Circa 1954:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/...dcb39873_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3387/...73540c59_o.jpg
deputy-dog.com

Yikes...

Has anyone downloaded and achieved all these photos? Someone should do that heaven forbid we lose this thread!

george Jun 19, 2009 8:03 PM

^That, I'd like to see.^


http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/7760/wabash.jpg

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8776/stockx.jpg

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/1047/statest.jpg

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/772...aterst1910.jpg

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8708/lasallesta.jpg

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/6662/lasallehotel.jpg

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/437...storestate.jpg

"Chicago, At the Turn of the Century Photographs" by Larry Viskochil, CHS

irishtom29 Jun 20, 2009 1:17 AM

The Turtle Wax building at Madison and Ashland. I thought it was really cool when I was a kid. Gone now.


http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/h...ampoint109.jpg

Busy Bee Jun 22, 2009 4:50 AM

^There's some more talk about this building here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...urtle+building

Starting with Post #6576

KinetikPlayground Jun 26, 2009 4:50 AM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25221806@N07/3661266717/

KinetikPlayground Jun 26, 2009 4:53 AM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25221806@N07/3661266717/

palermodude Jun 26, 2009 3:21 PM

such a cool thread

chicago is truly a world class city

DiamondDog_74 Jul 29, 2009 3:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Ducov (Post 3432411)
Yay!!:hyper: been waiting to find a thread like this for so long!

Here's my contribution, all photos from the Charles W.Cushman collection from the the good people at Indiana University Archives.
Taken mid forties.

It's interesting how dirty the city looked in the 1940s because of all the soot from the railroads and manufactures close to Downtown. It's immaculately clean now compared to those shots.

DiamondDog_74 Jul 29, 2009 2:35 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 3562604)
ardecila-
Do you have any information on the office tower that was originally
to rise above the Great Hall?

All I have is this tiny postcard...

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/3...ion1925pu3.jpg

and I just found this illustration.

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/6...nchgounro6.jpg


Also, what is the expansive building directly north of the Great Hall?

That was the proposed Post Office. It would've been between Union Station and Chicago & Northwestern Terminal.

It later got built over Congress Pkwy/Eisenhower Expwy. Now it just sits there abandoned. The opening scene (bank robbery) of "The Dark Knight" was filmed there.

http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...s/CRW_0001.jpg

Busy Bee Jul 30, 2009 1:31 AM

Is the Union Station tower officially dead? It does seem like it resurfaces every few years. Wasn't it first proposed in the mid-90's or so?

DiamondDog_74 Jul 30, 2009 4:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 4381382)
Is the Union Station tower officially dead? It does seem like it resurfaces every few years. Wasn't it first proposed in the mid-90's or so?

I heard about that too. It probably wouldn't be built to match the rest of the structure as was imagined in those postcards.

Personally, I think the Union Station main building should be left alone. It already suffered the indignity of demolition of its beautiful train concourse. Ugly buildings stand there now. The least they could do is build the proposed new concourse as part of the high-speed rail corridor plan, and knock down the uglies.

http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...scan192hu4.jpg

http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...n_2020_01c.jpg

DiamondDog_74 Aug 18, 2009 12:27 PM

Chicago the Beautiful, 1948 Traveltalks.
 
Here's a fun look at Chicago in 1948 through the lens of an MGM travelogue. Ah, look at all those streetcars! I wish we could bring 'em back.

Video Link

shaberko Aug 18, 2009 3:21 PM

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Originally Posted by DiamondDog_74 (Post 4411650)
Here's a fun look at Chicago in 1948 through the lens of an MGM travelogue.

Video Link


So awesome! Thanks for posting that.

Chicago3rd Aug 21, 2009 12:38 PM

Traveltalks - 1948 Chicago the Beautiful
 
Isn't that a spectacular video!!!

VivaLFuego Sep 17, 2009 8:05 PM

I think this is 1964. Obviously the focus is on the UIC campus under construction, and this shot gives a very detailed view of the original Netsch vision that included the elevated pedestrian 'expressways' between buildings (with a direct connection to the UIC L stop at the north end), with an obvious focus towards the Forum in the heart of campus.

Other things I see:
1. Check out the 'streetwall' of midrise industrial loft buildings lining the east side of the Expressway through downtown. Also just the sheer uninterupted midrise density of the industrial district (with skid row along Madison) between the river and the expressway.
2. Check out the US Gypsum building at the far right, a modernist gem that only lived for about 25-30 years (now the site of 111 S. Wacker).
3. I believe that is the elevator core for Marina City, just right of center in the upper half.
4. Just left of center, upper half, you can see the bright new construction of the Sandburg Village urban renewal highrises along Clark Street between Division and North.

In the context of how dark and dingy everything looks, the near luminescence of the mid-century modernist planning and architecture that is maligned today starts to make a bit more sense.
Click thumbnail size to see full size.
http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/walking...h%20spineA.jpg

F1 Tommy Sep 19, 2009 5:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VivaLFuego (Post 4461450)
I think this is 1964. Obviously the focus is on the UIC campus under construction, and this shot gives a very detailed view of the original Netsch vision that included the elevated pedestrian 'expressways' between buildings (with a direct connection to the UIC L stop at the north end), with an obvious focus towards the Forum in the heart of campus.

Other things I see:
1. Check out the 'streetwall' of midrise industrial loft buildings lining the east side of the Expressway through downtown. Also just the sheer uninterupted midrise density of the industrial district (with skid row along Madison) between the river and the expressway.
2. Check out the US Gypsum building at the far right, a modernist gem that only lived for about 25-30 years (now the site of 111 S. Wacker).
3. I believe that is the elevator core for Marina City, just right of center in the upper half.
4. Just left of center, upper half, you can see the bright new construction of the Sandburg Village urban renewal highrises along Clark Street between Division and North.

In the context of how dark and dingy everything looks, the near luminescence of the mid-century modernist planning and architecture that is maligned today starts to make a bit more sense.
Click thumbnail size to see full size.
http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/walking...h%20spineA.jpg

I bet this is 1962-63 as Marina City was done in 1964. They should have cleaned them rather than tear all the great old buildings down! Steam engines were almost gone at this point, so one good cleaning would have been good for 25 years.

OhioGuy Sep 21, 2009 10:06 PM

That MGM travelogue is very cool!


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