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Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago's South Side

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Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side is the first book devoted to the South Side’s rich and unfairly ignored architectural heritage. With lively, insightful text and gallery-quality color photographs
by noted Chicago architecture expert Lee Bey, Southern Exposure documents the remarkable and largely unsung architecture of the South Side. The book feature
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Northwestern University Press
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Erin
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars.

This is an incredibly well-written and impeccably researched book. However first, before I review it, I want to put a disclaimer out there that as a white person, I'm probably not the best person to be reviewing it. But I'm in this position, and I have to review it a little bit. And I think this book is very good. Clearly, the author feels passionate about this subject. He begins his writing by remembering a time when he went for a drive with his father through the South Si
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Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Chicago South Side represents two-thirds of the city and is the birthplace of many of the most emblematic parts of Chicago culture. Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side is the first book devoted to the South Side’s rich and unf
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Sharon Tyler
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago's South Side by Lee Bey is currently scheduled for release on October 15 2019. Inspired by Bey’s 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial exhibition, Southern Exposure visits sixty sites, including lesser-known but important work by luminaries such as Jeanne Gang, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Eero Saarinen, as well as buildings by pioneering black architects such as Walter T. Bailey, John Moutoussamy, and Roger Margerum. Pushing against the popular ...more
Mary Robinson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Southern Exposure by Lee Bey analyzes the differences in the Chicago's North and South sides through the lens of historic architecture. By relating the stories of great buildings, he traces the development of the city, particular the black neighborhoods to the south, the changes in demographics, and unequal attention given to areas of the city through the years. His photography is excellent (and I wish there was more of it!!) and his writing is easy to digest and passionate. Highly recommend for archite ...more
Alex
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely and informative, including quite a few buildings I'd never seen or known of and a nice sense of the South Side's architectural and cultural history. I honestly only wish it was longer and more comprehensive. Big thanks to Northwestern Press for sending me a review copy of this!
Jen
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting and insightful look at the architecture and history of the South Side of Chicago. The photography is beautiful and the stories are great!
Jenny Houle
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Visually stimulating while also being informative, SOUTHERN EXPOSURE is great for anyone interested in architecture, photography or Chicago and its history.
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I really loved this book, it gets you discover the beautiful structures of a side of Chicago that you wouldn’t usually see as a tourist. I can’t wait to go and visit these next year.
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