The entire Chicago Modern blog is worthy reading. The blog--chock full of essays and photographs devoted to lesser-heralded modernist works and architects--is a joint effort by the Chicago office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Landmarks Illinois, Preservation Chicago, and DoCoMoMo_Midwest.
How did I miss this?
For years I've traveled down Chicago Avenue and never noticed the supremely cool Ida Crown Natatorium at Eckhart Park--or even its twin in Harrison Park at 18th and Wood. But thanks to a great essay on the two modernist Chicago Park District pool houses by Nate Lielasus on the Chicago Modern: More than Mies blog, my oversight has been corrected.
Built in 1961 for $625,00 at 1300 W. Chicago, the pool was named for the mother of Henry Crown, the Chicago industrialist whose empire included Material Service Corp., General Dynamics, a stake in the Empire State Building.
Here's another photo of the Crown pool. I'll make my way to Harrison Park soon.