Great Houses of Chicago: 1871- 1921 (Hardback)
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Short Description for Great Houses of Chicago A study of Chicago's grand city houses. It includes profiles of thirty four house, illustrated with restored archival photographs and floor plans. It also includes biographical sketches of Chicago architects, a comprehensive bibliography, and a portfolio of forty additional residences.
- Published: 15 April 2008
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780926494398 ISBN 10: 0926494392
- Sales rank: 660,290
Full description for Great Houses of Chicago
Dark, raw power built Chicago into an authentic American city. From a world of shanty towns and smokestack factories, a handful of men ruthlessly built vast commercial and industrial enterprises that changed the way Americans shop, eat, and think. Adventurous, civic-minded, and newly rich, Chicago's grandees boldly hired the most progressive architects and savviest art and antiques dealers to design and furnish private houses that ultimately defined the city as a centre of American capitalism, culture, and architecture. Along Prairie Avenue, majestic Lake Shore Drive, and Astor Street, the Armours, McCormicks, Pullmans and Ryersons immortalised their place among Chicago's elite with lavish palaces designed by David Adler, Daniel Burnham, Howard Van Doren Shaw, and Frank Lloyd Wright in styles that ranged from detailed Beaux-Arts eclectic to International Modern."Great Houses of Chicago, 1871-1921" is the first authoritative study of Chicago's grand city houses. Thirty four in-depth profiles, illustrated with restored archival photographs and floor plans, portray a private world of Midwestern splendour. This masterful volume includes biographical sketches of leading Chicago architects, a comprehensive bibliography, and a portfolio of forty additional, rarely-seen residences.