Photography – Architecture.

FEATURE IMAGE (left to right): Thompson Center (“State Of Illinois” building), Helmut Jahn, 1985, Chicago, Illinois (; Frame house, 1884, Naperville, Illinois (; Park Tower Condominium, Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz, 1973, Chicago, Illinois (; Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Jean-Paul Viguier, 2002, Chicago, Illinois (; The Mentor Building. Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1906, Chicago, Illinois (

Row Houses (c. 1873), 802-812 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois. (1 Photo).

These early row houses were developed in Chicago’s Gold Coast/River North neighborhood in the early 1870s immediately following the Great Chicago Fire. That conflagration began south of the city’s downtown area at 137 DeKoven Street (around 1100 South) and literally blew its destruction north through downtown and onwards through today’s Gold Coast area until it […]

The Cobden (1892), Charles S. Frost, 418-424 W. Belden Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. (1 Photo).

The Cobden, a Richardsonian-Romanesque flats-above-storefront building that has anchored the northwest corner of busy Clark Street and residential Belden Avenue since 1892 was designed by architect Charles Sumner Frost (1856 –1931) of the firm of Henry Ives Cobb (1859-1931) and Frost. Born in Maine and trained as an architect in Boston, Frost moved to Chicago in […]

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile (2002), Jean-Paul Viguier, Chicago, Illinois (1 Photo).

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, Illinois, Jean-Paul Viguier. The hotel opened in May 2002 with 415 rooms. Its dramatic 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 his Sofitel […]

Helmut Jahn (1940-2021) Notable Buildings in Chicago. (3 Photos).

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 […]

Mentor Building (1906), Howard Van Doren Shaw, Chicago, Illinois. (1 Photo).

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. […]

Architecture: Chicago’s Suburbs (6 Photos).

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 […]

Patron Saint of Cats and Gardeners: St. Gertrude, O.S.B. (626-659 CE). The Collegial Church of St. Gertrude, c. 1050, in Nivelles, Belgium. (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 […]