I had an idle thought this week while watching clips of‚ talk show host Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington D.C.: If a political or social movement stays around long enough, it will‚ sometimes begin to express itself in graphics, language, art, fashion -- -and architecture. If so‚ what might be the architectural vernacular of the "take back America" crowd?
(photo by Lee Bey)
Workers will begin deconstructing a long-vacant 92-year-old Chicago Roman Catholic Church today, and will ultimately transport the neo-classical edifice piece-by-piece 50 miles north to Lake County where it will be re-erected as part of a new church that will be built there.
(photo by Lee Bey)
In a bid to save it from demolition, a four-bedroom Glenview home built by a nephew of Chicago planner/visionary Daniel H. Burnham is on the market for $1.
Yes, there is a bit of a catch. More on that in a bit.
The 1890′s Queen Anne home at 8 Park Drive was built by Hugh Burnham, an attorney who was Glenview’s first village president (He also named the town). The home sits in the suburb’s “The Park” area–acreage bought by Burnham as a planned community for fellow members of the Swedenborgian Church of New Jerusalem (the Glenview New Church), according to a current real estate listing on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website. Daniel Burnham was raised in the same faith.
The house is today owned by the Glenview New Church. It has woodwork, stained glass windows, turrets and more than one fireplace, according to the listing. The home’s exterior has been altered since its construction; it lost a wrap-around front porch years ago.
Seven years have passed since Comiskey Park–home of the White Sox–was renamed “U.S. Cellular Field” under a $68 million naming-rights deal.
Cash from the deal made some much needed improvements to pretty-up what had been the ugliest professional baseball stadium in America. But take a gander at what could have been: an improved Comiskey Park, not as the “Cell” but, perhaps, as “The House”?
Before the U.S. Cellular arrangement, the White Sox in 2001 preliminarily worked on a naming-rights deal with Household Finance Corporation. Had the deal gone through, it would have brought a slate of improvements including fixing the then-torturous rake of the upper deck. But it would have given the stadium fixes the U.S. Cellular deal didn’t, most notably giving the stadium a pedestrian-friendly, but monumental entrance at 35th Street, as seen in the image above.
Behind the entrance would have been a mall-like concession concourse.