Great Houses of Chicago, 1871-1921 (Urban Domestic Architecture Series)

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Along Prairie Avenue, majestic Lake Shore Drive, and Astor Street, the Armours, McCormicks, Pullmans, and Ryersons immortalized their place among Chicago s elite with lavish palaces. They were designed by the great architects of the era, including Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Howard Van Doren Shaw, and David Adler, in styles that ranged from Classical and Romanesque to Prairie School and International Modern.

GREAT HOUSES OF CHICAGO, 1871 1921 is the first authoritative study of Chicago s city houses. Thirty four in-depth profiles, illustrated with restored archival photographs, drawings, and floor plans, portray a private world of Midwestern splendor. This masterful volume includes biographical sketches of leading Chicago architects, a comprehensive bibliography, and a portfolio of 40 additional, rarely-seen residences.

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Susan Benjamin owns a Chicago-area consulting firm, Benjamin Historic Certifications, with a focus on historic preservation. Her firm specializes in preparing landmark nominations and in acquiring tax benefits for homeowners and developers who rehabilitate their landmark properties. Susan frequently lectures, makes television appearances and has written several books and many articles on Chicago architecture. She is a resident of Highland Park.

Stuart Cohen is a practicing architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Stuart s firm, Cohen and Hacker Architects, specializes in residential architecture and the restoration and renovation of historic houses. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on architecture.

Susan Benjamin and Stuart Cohen are co-authors of North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890 1940 (Acanthus Press, 2004)

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...illuminating new book...The heart of the book consists of in-depth profiles of the 34 houses, which are portrayed with drawings, restored archival photographs, floor plans and text. The profiles are sharply drawn and richly detailed. Together, they reveal broad stylistic shifts, from the dark, cluttered, European-influenced houses of the 1870s, to the bright, open Prairie Style houses at the turn of the century, to the graceful, tradition-minded eclecticism of the Teens and '20s as rendered by such talents as Howard Van Doren Shaw. --Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2008

This delicious feast of a book is the fifth in the admirable Acanthus Press series on urban domestic architecture in the U.S. The present book examines 34 Chicago houses in detail and appends a portfolio of single images of 40 or more. Of the whole group, 45 have been destroyed and only 12 are still private residences, so the emphasis is necessarily - an nostalgically - on what once was. Just as informative and interesting as the images, the text tells us much about why the owners lived as they did. --Interior Design, March 2008

Three dozen vintage mansions - including 28 landmarks - are examined in the book. The publication, loaded with hundreds of photographs, visits residences on such city streets as Astor, Prairie, Lake Shore Drive, Drexel, lakeview, Greenwood and Woodlawn. --Chicago Sun-Times, March 23, 2008

Three dozen vintage mansions - including 28 landmarks - are examined in the book. The publication, loaded with hundreds of photographs, visits residences on such city streets as Astor, Prairie, Lake Shore Drive, Drexel, lakeview, Greenwood and Woodlawn. --Chicago Sun-Times, March 23, 2008

...illuminating new book...The heart of the book consists of in-depth profiles of the 34 houses, which are portrayed with drawings, restored archival photographs, floor plans and text. The profiles are sharply drawn and richly detailed. Together, they reveal broad stylistic shifts, from the dark, cluttered, European-influenced houses of the 1870s, to the bright, open Prairie Style houses at the turn of the century, to the graceful, tradition-minded eclecticism of the Teens and '20s as rendered by such talents as Howard Van Doren Shaw. --Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2008

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