Architecture and Design

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The 19th century Victorian house will lose its status as the ‘candy house’ but will remain a testament to another era of Chicago.
The outgoing and avuncular Lynch was first drawn to Chicago in 1967 when he visited the city from his home in Wisconsin to see the Picasso sculpture.
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With the state selling the building where it has stood for nearly four decades, “Monument with Standing Beast” will have to move to a new location.
The members act after getting a petition from more than 22,000 people who voiced support for saving the early 20th century structures, setting up a potential show down with the federal government over security concerns for the nearby Dirksen Federal Courthouse.
The long-vacant, two-story former Lake Meadows professional building at 31st Street and Rhodes Avenue — a dormant but architecturally significant modernist South Side office building — is getting a major fix-up.
The collapse is another reminder that the MPEA, city and state must step up repairs at the 51-year-old building and give some serious thought to its future use.
They’re being taken to facility in Forest Park to be steam-cleaned, then coated with a wax preservative. The whole process will take a little over a month.
Workers are putting finishing touches on a multimillion-dollar renovation of the historic Studebaker Theater.
Seven local residents are among 14 chosen for the first Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab. The program is a collaboration between Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation and the Prada Group.
“Today, the historic revetment at Promontory Point is all that is left of a once eight-mile-long stretch of beautiful limestone transitions between nature and the city,” Preservation Chicago said.
Looking to create new opportunities for students in underserved neighborhoods, Maya Bird-Murphy started a nonprofit, Chicago Mobile Makers, designed to allow youth to explore the possibilities of architecture and design.
Some grads of Chicago Vocational High School say their alma mater is in a state of disrepair. As enrollment declines, they hope designating the school as an official Chicago landmark can save the building — and the community.
While favorites like The Forum in Bronzeville will make a return visit, The OHC app brings new self-guided walking tours to this year’s event.
Teams of architects from all over the world have worked with neighborhood residents to transform vacant lots into thriving community spaces.
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Researcher Marc Sebastian Walton said 2,000-year-old portrait helps tell a story of a period when Egypt was part of the Roman Empire that helped blend Roman, Greek and Egyptian culture into one.
The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council takes a position at odds with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and two state agencies. Listing the building on the national trust would not bar demolition, but it would make an owner who preserves it eligible for some tax breaks.
The much-reviled, soon-to-vanish Thompson Center was only the most visible of his contributions.
In an interview from Paris, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal explained how the global pandemic has reinforced their longtime view that people deserve open space and a connection to nature, even when living in housing projects in dense cities.
Peterson Avenue’s nearly 2 miles of postwar modern buildings is well worthy of attention. And preservation.
A new survey would help save more historic buildings and assist efforts to bring more landmark-based economic incentives to historic but economically challenged areas.
The buyer, Montage International, plans to renovate the property for its luxury hotel brand.
The purchase furthers the goal of preserving and restoring the work of one of the world’s most celebrated architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.