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They All Fall Down: Richard Nickel's Struggle to Save America's Architecture

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This riveting biography chronicles the life of a crusader and the early days of the historic preservation movement. Beginning with a portrait of Nickel's youth on Chicago's West Side in the 1930's to his army service as a paratrooper and photographer, it progresses with his studies at the Institute of Design in the 1950's and his attempts thereafter to save Chicago's build ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Wiley
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Jan 17, 2016 Tracy rated it it was amazing
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Aug 14, 2015 Debbie Sue rated it it was amazing
This book is a true story about one man's passion to save Chicago Architecture from demolition. As urban progress won, he became a documentarian for dozens of lost buildings and Chicago architecture - his passion becoming obsession - his ability to search out beauty is almost painful. I'd love to retrace the steps of Richard Nickel....his life reminds us all to slow down and smell (and see) the roses. If you like his photography, also read "Richard Nickel'sLost Chicago" .
Jan 05, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love architecture
Shelves: art
Both beautiful and very sad, this book tells the story of Richard Nickel a man who loved architecture and believed in the importance of its preservation. His photographs of Chicago landmarks are gorgeous, even as most of those landmarks were being dismantled or demolished as they were taken.

An important part of Chicago history.
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A necessary read to fully understand the work that it took to produce The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan.
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Feb 11, 2010 Marina Panos rated it it was amazing
great biography for anyone that loves the passionate architects and photographers of chicago's past.
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Nov 30, 2011 Howard Mansfield rated it really liked it
Belongs on any short list of preservation books or books on American architecture.
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The best book on my favorite photographer of all time!!
Chicago,Lost Chicago
This man is a true inspiration.
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