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Lost Chicago Paperback – October 1, 2000
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
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David Garrard Lowe, the author of Stanford White’s New York, Beaux Arts New York, and Art Deco New York (Watson-Guptill, 2001), lectures freqently at the Smithsonian in Washington, the American Adademy in Rome, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in his home city, New York.
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This beautiful book is filled with more than 200 black-and-white photographs of buildings, bridges and other structures tragically allowed to fall into disrepair, destroyed by natural disaster, or bulldozed for parking lots and malls, repeated testaments to the Gordon Curve, predicting that a building is valued most when it is new, that it is least valued and most likely to be razed at approximately 70 years of age, and that if it makes it past that nadir it will begin to rise again in value as a relic and monument.
Each chapter is preceded by several well-written and accessible pages, and each photograph is accompanied by informative paragraphs and quotes. The author delves into Chicago's beginnings as a frontier fort and its rapid growth into a bustling mercantile hive, along the way outlining the history of the peoples and policies of various times from 1803 to the 1970s, organized into ten conceptual and functional groups such as residences, hotels, railway stations, churches, arthouses, The Fire and the fairs.
The photographs are wonderful, many I've never seen before, and each is described well, though the book would benefit by containing more maps. The book is constructed of good heavyweight paper and concludes with picture sources and notes, and a good index. It should be of interest to those with some connection to Chicago, architecture or American history, particularly of the 18th and 19th century.
Books like these are also sad and frustrating in that virtually all of the great mansions, opulent hotels, theatres and office buildings pictured have long since been demolished. Hard to believe that such imaginative and atmospheric architectural fantasies were once commonplace. One would like to think that a city like Chicago would be more respectful of its architectural history, but as in most every American metropolis, such is not the case.
This book is hugely recommended, but I also urge you to search online "Charles Cushman" and look at his magnificent color photos of a vanishing Chicago from the 1940's.
Since I bought this book, Chicago has lost three Louis Sullivan buildings to fire, and Mayor Daley II tore down most of the Michael Reese Hospital campus, including buildings designed by Walter Gropius, to build housing for an Olympics we didn't get (it ultimately went to Rio).
Having grown up in Chicagoland during the 40' & 50's, I found myself depressed to see such destruction - only to be replaced by glass and aluminum boxes. Even efforts to save the outstanding and much beloved main lobby at the Chicago and Northwestern station failed in the name of the almighty dollar!
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It makes for a nice coffee table book.