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“Local architect Edward Keegan takes readers on a snappy sidewalk tour of 42 area buildings put up over the past 123 years. Its chronology shows the progression of buildings stout, squat, tall, slender, stony, steely and sleek.” ~Engineering News

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The Chicago Architecture Foundation (C.A.F.) was founded by architects and preservationists in 1966 to save H. H. Richardson’s Glessner House, one of Chicago’s oldest residences. To this day, C.A.F. is dedicated to its mission of advancing public interest and education in architecture and related design, which it supports and enables through tours, exhibitions, lectures, and special events atted by over 600,000 people each year. Edward Keegan is an architect and architectural critic. His writing has appeared in Architecture, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Sun Times.
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  • Series: Universe Architecture Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315335
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Keegan is a Chicago architect who complements his independent practice by writing, broadcasting, and teaching on architectural subjects.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Davis on September 24, 2009
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As befits the author, this is a highly intelligent way to approach a topic as vast as the architecture of the city of Chicago. Even the terrific two-volume set from the two massive Art Institute of Chicago shows are insufficient to cover all of the ground - so no sense in trying that again. Another approach is that taken by the AIA Guide to Chicago (full disclosure: I wrote one of the feature building essays), which attempts to cover the ground on a highlights-by-subregion approach. That fact-stuffed "Guide Vert" for Chicago architecture is especially useful if you have the time to walk around.

But what of the visitor to our city who understands right away that this is a special place in the history of world architecture, but doesn't have time to take it all in? That's where Mr. Keegan's book is spot-on. By focusing on a broad range of buildings, typologically, chronologically and geographically, from great and some not-quite-great architects, Keegan's book delivers a solid feel for the landscape, some good and insightful discussions, and a path forward for whatever additional investigations you might want.

If your Aunt Edna is coming to Chicago from Nebraska, she's heard about our architecture on Oprah, on PBS or wherever, and she's interested, buy this one for her first. When she gets here, she may want to add the AIA Guide but by then she'll have a better feel for what she might want to see here.

If your nephew, Demetrius, is thinking about studying architecture, has heard Chicago has some great buildings, and wants to know what all the fuss is about, buy this one for him first, too.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Phillips on October 31, 2008
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The book is what it says on the inside cover,namely, "features an indepth analysis of 42 bulidings erected within the last 2 centuries that are considered to be the seminal works of Chicago Architecture". The indepth analysis is really the photographs as the amount of written word is kept to a minimum. It would be of interest to people visiting Chicago and with an interest in Architecture. It would also serve as an initial reference book for Architectural Students on Chicago Bulidings. The quality of the pictures is good and the mix of colour with black and white adds to the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Nelson on August 25, 2013
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On a recent visit to Chicago, our Architectural Foundation River Tour was one of the highlights of our stay. We took dozens of pictures during this tour and then realized that we'd never be able to remember which information went with which picture so,upon our return, we began looking on amazon for a book about Chicago architecture that would jog our memories. This book did the trick. The photographs are great and we even picked up a bit more information about some of the buildings than our excellent tour guide provided!
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This is a nice introduction to view and learn about Chicago's famous architectural reputation as a leader in innovative design in skyscrapers. It is written in simple terms and is not for the advanced architectural lover who wants more detail.
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Fun, great little book for anyone in love with Chicago and its architecture. I get a little thrill when I see a building referenced in the book.
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