The 27-acre school, formerly known as Chicago Vocational High School, was built for $3.5 million, with 45 percent of the cash coming from the federal Public Works Administration. The result was a big, robust complex rendered in a blocky, 1930s-modern esthetic. Once you get past the school’s size, there are a host of nicely-done abstract architectural details such as the auditorium’s stately columns seen in the above photo.
Hey Sears: I passed your East 79th Street store a few days ago. From the front, I couldn't tell if the store was open or closed--not good for a retailer getting its clocked cleaned by the big-box behemoth from Bentonville.
Built in 1928 with a tower that can be seen for blocks, the 79th Street building is one of Sears' oldest free standing stores. It is very much open. And it used to look the part. Sears' own website described the store as originally having "lots of windows for light and ventilation."
Not anymore. With two-stories of bricked-over shop windows on two major unadorned elevations, the store looks like an unfriendly neighbor with shades pulled. Again, not good. It's a recurring theme with Sears older stores. These places--much like the company itself--need a makeover.Take a look at the Sears store on 62nd and Western in the photo below.
My daughters and I were in the Atlanta area last weekend when we stumbled on this bit of well-tended midcentury roadside architecture just outside of Decatur, Georgia.
The restaurant is called Kitsch'n 155--a name that plays nicely off the restaurant's postwar, kitsch styling. The building, built in 1969, was originally an Arby's restaurant. With a curved roofline designed to resemble a Conestoga covered wagon from the old west, these restaurants--and a neon 10-gallon hat sign that read "Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich is Delicious" dotted the U.S. landscape beginning in 1964.
Most first generation Arby's franchises were either demolished for newer restaurants or sold off for other uses in the 1970s and 1980s.
I pretty much had my say last July when that big Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch statue went up outside 401 N. Michigan.
But in the wake of news the monstrosity is being taken down Monday and shipped to, hopefully, some carnival grounds somewhere, I couldn't resist a parting shot of the 25-ft tall work--and its popularity--by presenting the above video clip from the 1975 film Tommy.
The white-lettered "Santa Fe" sign atop the landmark Santa Fe Building could vanish--refaced with signage touting the building's newest tenant, Motorola, under a permit request being weighed later this week by city officials.
Under a permit requested by Motorola Solutions Inc., sign designer Icon Identity Solution and property manager Jones Lang Lasalle, the decades-old rooftop sign at 224 S. Michigan would be shrouded in a new lighted Motorola sign.
The request is expected to heard Thursday by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks' permit review committee, according to the body's draft agenda.
Motorola Solutions' request follows the company's announcement last Thursday that it would lease 24,000 square feet on the seventh floor of the Santa Fe, an 18-story 110-year-old beauty designed by D.H. Burnham & Co.