Buildings razed for parking lots, surprising survivors, and art as a revitalization tool–the story of Jackson's old Cortland Street YMCA.
Does St. Charles have the best city hall in Illinois? I think it might.
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.
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.
The building that blueprints built, even more literally than usual–the Charles Bruning Co. manufactured blueprint paper. Designed by Victor L. Charn and nestled between two rail lines, this gorgeous Art Moderne factory opened in 1941.