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These dazzling, poignant pages recreate the magical built environment that thrilled generations of Chicago residents and visitors alike before falling victim to the wrecking ball of "progress." Here are the grand residences and hotels, opulent theaters, legendary trains, and state-of-the-art office buildings and department stores-including the world's first skyscraper. Her ...more
Unknown Binding, 241 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by Houghton Mifflin
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I first read this book in 1975 and I still have that early edition. Filled with great old photographs and a lively and engaging text, I think it's a must for anyone interested in Chicago's history. It also makes a convincing argument for the preservation of historical landmarks.
Any Chicagoan with even the faintest interest in architecture will be fascinated by the history of buildings in the city prior to the fire, the rebuilding, the fairs, and most of all the unfortunate loss (hence the title) of magnificent structures. The book has just enough text to give background and keep the reader interested, and photographs galore of buildings residential, commercial, and governmental. I’ve often wandered the Loop, looking up at what I thought were some interesting castings, ...more
Jul 19, 2016 James Eckman rated it liked it · review of another edition
While there's a fair amount of text, I mostly skipped over it looking for pictures of smaller commercial buildings and residences. There were a some nice ones, but more on mansions and grand civil buildings as well as a fun photo section on the 1893 Columbian Exhibition(see The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America). A fun factoid; most of Chicago had to be filled because most of the original city was close to the ground water level. A fun skim for ...more
Excellent book!! Definitely worth the read, but one gets sad about how many really amazing old buildings with HUGE significance have been torn down - especially during the 1950s to 1970s. Richard Nickel lived through some of the worst of it. Lots of cool photos are included, which is fun and educational. One interesting note is the author's focus and promotion of John Wellborn Root and his talents, and how the author downplayed everything Daniel Burnham was a part of. Apparently someone isn't co ...more
This volume presents the growth of Chicago as viewed through its architectural progress. Since so much of the art and architecture from Chicago's past endures only in photographs, this work is correctly labeled Lost Chicago. Students of local and public history will take special interest in this work. Illustrated with more than 200 black & white photographs.