Category Archives: architecture

It would be hard for any visitors or residents of modern-day Chicago to think of Michigan Avenue as a “quiet, tree-lined residential street.”  Yet, Patrick T. McBriarty, author of Chicago River Bridges, writes that just one of the city’s movable … Continue reading

The Architecture of Barry Byrne by Vincent L. Michael was named one of the top books of 2013 by the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row. As the subtitle of the book, Taking the Prairie School to Europe, indicates, Chicago architect Byrne … Continue reading

Influential architect Francis Barry Byrne was born on December 19, 1883. Born and raised in Chicago, Byrne worked with Frank Lloyd Wright as a member of the group of architects known as the Prairie School. After the demise of the Prairie … Continue reading

On December 13 Chicago’s Grand Avenue Bridge turned 100 years old. The bridge opened on in 1913 on what was once called Indiana Avenue—which makes sense as it is just one block north of Illinois Street. Proposals for widening or … Continue reading

Field Building, 135 S. La Salle Street.  Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1934.  View from southeast.  (Contemporary post card, collection of the author) Announced on September 29, 1929 just days before the stock market crash, the Field Building was to … Continue reading

Conway Building, corner of Clark and Washington Streets.  D. H. Burnham & Co., 1913.  View from northeast.  (Contemporary post card, collection of the author) Four large neoclassical office blocks designed by Burnham’s office around the time of his death in … Continue reading

  Chicago Stock Exchange, view from northeast.  (Contemporary post card, collection of the author) The Stock Exchange, a project to fund a new trading room through the provision of office space for traders and associated businesses, alternated bay windows with … Continue reading

Rookery Building.  View from northwest (contemporary post card, collection of the author). The Rookery became Chicago’s center of architectural, contracting, engineering, and subcontracting expertise. It was intended to be the most luxurious commercial structure in Chicago and its size along … Continue reading

Vincent Michael, author of The Architecture of Barry Byrne, recently appeared on WTTW-TV’s Chicago Tonight program to discuss the apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright who brought the Prairie School of Architecture to Europe. Byrne’s influence is widely present in Chicago as … Continue reading

Masonic Temple, corner of Randolph and State Streets.  Burnham and Root, 1892 (demolished, 1939).  (120 Photographic View of Chicago, Rand McNally, 1912) Buildings braced by sway-rods typically had two or mote dedicated vertical planes on which, at every level, rods … Continue reading