Postcard Past / Present Photo
Exploring power, culture, & the history of cities through present-day photo recreations of old postcards.

Wacker Drive Plaza, Chicago

The frumpy, functional modernism of the old Chicago Sun-Times Building came down for Trump Tower and glassy apartment buildings sprouted around the Tribune Tower, but the subtlest change here might be the most influential: the removal of the weird little plaza in the middle of Wacker Drive.

Public Library, Jackson, Michigan

Jackson’s Carnegie Library, a grandiose little Beaux Arts box, always seemed a bit too grandiose for a city of its size. It turns out there’s a unique reason for that, something almost out of a Hallmark movie.

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