FEATURE IMAGE (left to right): Thompson Center (“State Of Illinois” building), Helmut Jahn, 1985, Chicago, Illinois (https://johnpwalshblog.com/2021/05/10/helmut-jahn-1940-2021-notable-buildings-in-chicago-3-photos/); Frame house, 1884, Naperville, Illinois (https://johnpwalshblog.com/2021/02/07/architecture-chicagos-suburbs-1-photo/); Park Tower Condominium, Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz, 1973, Chicago, Illinois (https://johnpwalshblog.com/2021/02/01/architecture-chicago-2-photos/); Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Jean-Paul Viguier, 2002, Chicago, Illinois (https://johnpwalshblog.com/2021/05/24/sofitel-chicago-magnificent-mile-2002-jean-paul-viguier-chicago-illinois-1-photo/); The Mentor Building. Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1906, Chicago, Illinois (https://johnpwalshblog.com/2021/05/10/mentor-building-1906-howard-van-doren-shaw-chicago-illinois/).
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, Illinois, Jean-Paul Viguier. The hotel opened in May 2002 with 415 rooms and its dramatic French architecture made an immediate impression not only on the city’s denizens and visitors but much of the world. Jean-Paul Viguier (born 1946) is a leading modern Paris-based French architect. In 2003 […]
Helmut Jahn was famous in Chicago and around the world for his prolific postmodern architecture particularly his work in steel and glass. Born in Germany near Nuremberg, in 1940, Jahn graduated from Technische Hochschule in Munich and moved to Chicago in 1966. Jahn arrived in Chicago just as “downtown development” during the administration of Mayor […]
The Mentor Building, 39 S. State Street (6 E. Monroe Street), 1906, Howard Van Doren Shaw (1869-1926) from the southwest. A Mentor building has stood on this northeast corner of State and Monroe since 1873 when there had been a 7-story building erected here.1 Howard Van Doren Shaw’s only skyscraper presents an unusual mixture of styles. […]
Photographs and text: John P. Walsh. 600 Central, Wilmette, February 2021. The house is dated to 1893. Old Parsonage, 1872, Washington Street at Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois, February 2018. Jason and Lucy Flanders House, 1841, 24044 Main Street, Plainfield, Illinois, August 11, 2013. Plainfield was settled at the end of the 1820’s when James […]
Photographs and text: John P. Walsh. 5414 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago. Park Tower Condominium is on the lakefront next to north Lake Shore Drive and across from Foster Beach in Lincoln Park. Constructed in 1973 by Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz (SCB), a Chicago architectural firm founded in 1931, the tower was planned as the first of three […]
The Collegial Church of St. Gertrude, c. 1050, in Nivelles, Belgium is named for its first abbess, St. Gertude, who is patron saint of gardeners and cats. (2 Photos).
The Collegial Church of St. Gertrude, c. 1050, Nivelles, Belgium. Photographs are taken by the author on March 1, 1992. St. Gertrude of Nivelles, patron saint of cats! The westwork’s appearance is the result of a reconstruction finished in 1984 following the severe damage it received during World War II from bombing by the German Luftwaffe […]
Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh ASSUMPTION WINDOW (central panel/detail), 1902, St. Michael Church, Chicago. Franz Mayer & Company, Munich, Germany. INTRODUCTION: St. Michael Church in Old Town on Chicago’s north side is one of the oldest parishes and church buildings in the city. Founded as a parish in 1852, the church building’s brick walls from 1869 withstood […]