Chicago's Famous Buildings
One of the premier architectural cities of the United States—if not the world—Chicago boasts a breathtaking skyline, dozens of architectural monuments, and a historic legacy few other cities can equal. And it's still growing! Since its first appearance in 1965, Chicago's Famous Buildings has been the standard and bestselling guide to the city's architectural riches. Now th...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published November 15th 2003 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published May 1st 1993)
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Jan 23, 2008 Muzzlehatch rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: those interested in the history of Chicago and its architecture
This is essentially a tourist's guide to those buildings generally recognized as important in this architecturally magnificent city. There probably aren't any other American cities outside of New England with an architectural history so rich and important, which have been home to so many top figures in the field -- Sullivan, Wright, Mies and Jahn all lived and worked in the city by the lake at some point in their lives, and there is much to show for their efforts. The book is organized in geogra...more
This is a fun, concise look at the architecture of Chicago. The facts are presented in an easy to read, almost conversational manner and then text flows well, with good pictures to document the building being discussed. It is a good all around resource about Chicago, Chicago's architectural history and the buildings themselves.
This book doesn't only talk about the famous skyline of chicago, but also the neighborhoods in chicago and famous houses. I am currently on page 250 of the book and I have read about the university of chicago, wrigley field, and the united center. I learned that O'Hare airport is one of the busiest in the world, and it keeps getting larger. Soldier field was built in 1924 and it was made to hold up to 100,000 people. I don't think that this part of the book is as interesting as the skyscrapers.
Mar 17, 2009 Rachy rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I own this only because I bought it super cheap from my last job when they were trying to get rid of books. It is really out dated. This is a tourists only book. For Chicagoans there is nothing here that most of us don't know. There are so many Chicago architecture books out there, please go for them and stay away from this one.
Franz Schulze was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Illinois, Pekin and Chicago, as his civil engineer father moved to follow employment in the 1930s. Perhaps his interest in art and architecture was stimulated by visiting with his father the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago, which he still remembers vividly. After Lane Technical High School in his Chicago neighborhood, Schulze at...moreMore about Franz Schulze...