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VivaLFuego Apr 10, 2008 5:47 PM


Originally Posted by ThisSideofSteinway (Post 3475399)
What a loss - I'm afraid to ask what replaced it...

Anywho, there is only one real reply to a thread of this caliber.

:banana: :banana: :banana:

Federal Plaza, one of the more significant and pristine Modernist spaces ever built. Designed by Mies, with a Calder sculpture in the plaza.

So at least the replacement was decent, but yeah the old building was incredible too.

pic courtesy of Lynn Becker:

cbotnyse Apr 24, 2008 4:51 PM

found some great photos here.

Old Comiskey Park construction.

Field Museum

Madison St bridge

Marshall Fields window shopping, 1910

Navy Pier

Potter Palmer's residence and Water Tower

Ryan81 Apr 30, 2008 1:24 AM

Just one...
Posted by Ethereal Reality in the Waterview forum.

Ryan81 May 15, 2008 7:31 PM


1915: West From Railway Exchange Bldg

1916: Jackson St Bridge



Jewel's Building - 1926:

Clark Street - View North 1927:
From Furniture Mart - 1927:
State Street - View South 1927:

From Chicago Daily News Building - 1928:
View from Grant Park - 1928:
Mather Tower - 1928:

LaSalle/Wacker Building - 1929:

Sears Tower Construction:

i_am_hydrogen May 15, 2008 9:09 PM

Cool shots.

I wonder how long it took to build one floor of the Merchandise Mart. Absolutely massive.

ethereal_reality May 19, 2008 5:15 PM

Outer Drive Bridge nearing completion in 1937.
Chicago in 1964 by Art Sinsabaugh
Chicago and North Western Station 1911.
Destroyed in 1984 and replaced by a mediocre Helmut Jahn building.
This is an obscure family slide from 1953.
Can anyone here place the location for me? Thanks

ardecila May 19, 2008 10:49 PM

ethereal, that last one was taken from the driveway at the concourse of Union Station, looking east across the south branch of the river.. The concourse, which actually sat above the tracks unlike the Great Hall 1 block west, was torn down in 1969 to be replaced with two modernist office boxes.

ethereal_reality May 20, 2008 2:01 AM

hi ardecila
Here is a pic of the lamented concourse (destroyed 1969) with the
Great Hall of Union Station directly behind.

I didn't realize cars could park along that north/south driveway on the west side of the Chicago River (directly in front of the concourse ).
I can vaguely pick out the classical lighting fixture(s) that appear in the slide....AND in the concourse photograph.

You're really good at this. I'm impressed. :)

ethereal_reality May 20, 2008 2:17 AM

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...

and I just found this illustration.

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

aaron38 May 20, 2008 2:28 AM

I didn't know that about Union Station, the concourse.
When I took a train out of there in Feb, I thought it was kind of strange when I realized I was walking east out of the station footprint, under the street and into the basement of a building across the street.
Makes more sense now.

ethereal_reality May 20, 2008 3:16 AM

Diagonally across the river (and to the south) at Harrison and Wells
was Grand Central Station (1890)

It featured a 247 foot tower with a clock
13 feet in diameter (largest in the United States).

Grand Central Station was razed in 1971.

ethereal_reality May 21, 2008 2:17 AM

Looking down towards the Millenium Park area in 1938

ethereal_reality May 21, 2008 2:35 AM

this is pretty much the same location 50 years earlier.

chicagoguy1 May 21, 2008 7:35 PM

Great Pics! I do not see why people love the Mies Federal Plaza and Buildings; the dome federal building was Much, Much Better.

cbotnyse May 21, 2008 7:45 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 3564826)
Looking down towards the Millenium Park area in 1938

now that is some cool stuff. nice find. :tup:

i_am_hydrogen May 21, 2008 8:04 PM


Originally Posted by chicagoguy1 (Post 3566264)
Great Pics! I do not see why people love the Mies Federal Plaza and Buildings; the dome federal building was Much, Much Better.

They're both great, but I'd prefer it if the old building were still standing. Chicago has plenty of other Mies buildings.

ethereal_reality May 23, 2008 2:20 PM

Clark and Diversey in 1911

Ayreonaut May 28, 2008 8:12 AM

I had to check out this thread again...and HOLY FREAKING GOD, words cannot come close to describing the level of pure Godliness present here. It's unfuckingbelievable.

ethereal_reality Jun 1, 2008 4:01 AM

Art Institute of Chicago, 1939 blizzard.

ethereal_reality Jun 1, 2008 4:47 AM

Masonic Temple's tallest 1892 to 1894.

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