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A description of Renoir's pen and ink illustration for Emile Zola's gritty novel L'Assommoir.
An introduction for young readers to Claude Monet's Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare. Learn how the artist captured the movement of the crowd and steam engine smoke and...
Louis Lozowick celebrates the clean, crisp beauty of New York's buildings, bridges, and industry and elevated the graphic images of the modern city to new moral and aesthetic dimensions. Includes...
Artwork and Artist Information: <em>Tanks #2</em> by Louis Lozowick
Street Scenes in Times of Peace is a long, painted handscroll that shows off the wide range of people and activities typical of a large 14th-century Chinese city. This scroll offers a rare...
Artwork and Artist Information: <em>Street Scenes in Times of Peace</em>
The Congress Expressway, aligned on the "great avenue" that Burnham and Bennett conceived in the Plan of Chicago, was the first superhighway linking Chicago's central business district to...
01. Congress Expressway map study, Cook County Highway Dept, c.1950.
Although urban renewal and "slum" clearance was publicized as a "road toward establishing a better standard of city living," it was seen by some as little more than a thinly-veiled land grab by the...
04. Faith Rich (NAACP Housing Committee) to Ludwig Hilberseimer, July 12, 1949.
The original South Branch of the Chicago River curved eastward at Polk St. and then again west between what is now 15th St. and 18th St. The straightening of the River, suggested initially in the...
05. Chicago Plan Commission meeting minutes, p.44, February 17, 1913.
Marina City, arguably architect Bertrand Goldberg's most significant work, was a pioneer in mixed-use, residential, and commercial structures, and remarkable for its sculptural use of precast...
02. Marina City, 300 N. State St., Chicago, IL, model view, August 1961.
"[T]here is a new plan. The plan is to make the Central City habitable. "People like to live
closely, and enjoy the work and the play which is the byproduct of high density living. < br/...
03. Bertrand Goldberg typescript, "Marina City - The Central City Plan," April 15, 1960.
Between 1958 and 1973, central Chicago lost 21,000 inhabitants to the suburbs. The "Chicago 21"
plan—named so because it hoped to prepare Chicago for the 21st century—aimed to draw...
01. <em>Chicago 21: Plan for the Central Area Communities</em>, 1973.
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