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The Chicago Architectural Club Hardcover – July 14, 2005

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Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, FAIA, has been a practicing architect in Chicago, specializing in historic renovation, for more than forty years.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (July 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580931448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580931441
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,135,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Souter on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Bill Hasbrouck's book The Chicago Architecture Club proves examples of late 19th century architecture are fascinating with their stew-pot excesses of decoration and exotic blends of classic styles. They achieve a unique beauty as they reflect the sensibilities of their time and stand as elegant baroque backgrounds to the more spartan work of Wright and Mies.

His account of the Chicago Architecture Club is a delight, describing how it grew, offered draftsmen a place to hone their skills and have fun in a club atmosphere. All too often, these artists are viewed in their stiff portraits and group photos as a bunch of stuffed shirts. Hasbrouck's descriptions of the hail-fellow-well-met activities contrasted with the sketching competitions that required hours of unpaid time in order to compete and were endlessly conjured up by the senior members of the club add a very human touch. The renderings are excellent and each period is very well visualized to provide a context.

The Chicago Architecture Club is a go-to book at the end of a long day, to pick it up again and see how the fellows are doing after the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and find out who won the club competition for the design of a Gatekeeper's Cottage. This book allows the reader to look into a world we've glimpsed, but never seen with such warm clarity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry Zimoch on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Hasbrouck's detailed and well-written account of the Chicago Architectural Club does more than document the history of this seminal organization. It reveals the architectural and cultural milieu in Chicago during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This book is exceptionally researched, documented, and profusely illustrated. Mr. Hasbrouck's excellent writing capability is evident on every page and the layout and presentation of the book benefits from his many years as editor and publisher of the Prairie School Review.

More than just a good read, this book will be an important research tool for anyone interested in the history of Chicago, its architecture, and the Prairie School. Your library will not be current without a copy of this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre McCloskey on September 11, 2006
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A history of a club of draftsmen? You would think such a book would be a slog. On the contrary, Hasbrouck evokes the City of the Century (the 19th, that is) and its astonishing group of architects with grace and verve. The carefully selected illustrations, in their hundreds, let us look into American professional life around 1900, with its human comedy and sadness and joy, tossed by Windy-City puffery. What a sweet and illuminating book, an instant classic in the history of the Chicago School!
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