- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Harvest Books; 2nd edition (April 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156029081
- ISBN-13: 978-0156029087
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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AIA Guide to Chicago Paperback – April 12, 2004
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“Excellent.An exhaustive source of information about local architecture.”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Editor Alice Sinkevitch and a leggy team of scholars and strollers
take us far beyond the usual trite salutes to Sears Tower, theWrigley
Building and the like. . . . A many-voiced celebration of the rich
flavors of Chicago architecture.”—CHICAGO TRIBUNE
From the Back Cover
Chicago is justly celebrated as the birthplace of modern architecture, and the AIA Guide to Chicago has long been the premier guide to the city. Arranged for walking or driving tours and featuring more than a thousand buildings, more than four hundred photos, and thirty-five maps, this is an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in architecture, in urban design, and in what makes Chicago the stunning architectural city it is.
Praise for AIA Guide to Chicago, First Edition
"Excellent. An exhaustive source of information about local architecture."-The New York Times
"A many-voiced celebration of the rich flavors of Chicago architecture, the delights on the side streets as well as the landmarks that make the history books."-Chicago Sun Times
"If you've ever needed a good excuse to take a walk around a Chicago neighborhood or study a particularly noteworthy building, this should provide the perfect push out the door." -Chicago Tribune
Edited by Alice Sinkevitch, Honorary American Institute of Architects, previously affiliated with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is the executive director of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
In collaboration with: American Institute of Architects, Chicago Architecture Foundation, and Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
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The book is in standard AIA format, with short essays for each entry, some including a small photograph. In fact, the major flaw with this book, in my opinion, is the lack of effective photography. There's a photograph for, perhaps, one out of every ten building entries, and the entries that do include photos are often not that interesting. One tries to come away from this book with a mental image of Chicago, derived from the text, but with little assistance from photography. There are also more than a few entries that include no text, simply the building name, address, date and architect. Keep your favorite internet map program handy.
There are so many magnificent things to see in Chicago, it's a shame this guide doesn't much help us to see them. That (critical) matter aside, it's a solid and important addition to the AIA-sponsored series.