The site of this building was originally occupied by the old Matteson House 2 (see Randall, "History of the development of building construction in Chicago," p.137), which was remodeled by Cobb and opened as the Wellington Hotel.
Originally the Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot, this limestone structure continued to serve as a passenger depot until 1971. Use of the building resumed when Amtrak service began in the mid-1980s. It currently also serves as offices for the Dwight Chamber of Commerce and meeting space for the Dwight Historical Society. The depot was included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Chicago Athletic Association Building
12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL Henry Ives Cobb, 1892-1893
Details of several Venetian palazzi were used freely for the light-colored stone and red brick Chicago Athletic Association façade, which follows the standard Venetian tripartite vertical division. While the entrance level is in an austere Renaissance style, Venetian Gothic runs riot from the second story upward: the fenestration is divided by colonettes terminating in ogee arches and quatrefoil tracery. At the tenth floor, two round openings with carved stone surrounds on either side frame the date of the club in Roman numerals. The façade terminates in a cornice resting on brackets with a high brick attic wall above. Upon entering the building, a short flight of steps leads to a room containing a 20-yard swimming pool framed by mirrored walls and a marble balcony above. Other features include various steam rooms, hot rooms, a gymnasium, running track, dining room, and bedrooms. Together the façade and interiors communicate a place of privilege, luxury, and leisure. Though the building has not been greatly changed since 1893, as of 2009 plans were underway to restore the façade and demolish sections of the building behind it to provide room for new development.
Chicago Historical Society, Old (aka Institute of Design; Podvielnik Institute; Studio Building; Excalibur)
632 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL Henry Ives Cobb, 1892
An exercise in Richardsonian weight and mass, the former Chicago Historical Society building is eighty feet high, organized as two stories and a basement, built of rock-faced red granite. Entry is gained at the center of the east front through a two-story porch with turrets at either side and a balcony at the second story level. The first floor fenestration is divided into groups of four very high rectangular windows with heavy transoms. The second floor windows are grouped into arcades with similar transoms. Gables mark the south and east sides of the attic story. Cobb's original interior included a two-story library running along the west end of the building to a hidden light well at its northwest corner, a lecture hall at the north end, and a museum above the lecture hall. Though subsequent occupants have greatly altered its interior, the building was designated a Chicago landmark in 1997.
World's Columbian Exposition
Jackson Par, Chicago, IL Henry Ives Cobb, 1893
Cobb had more commissions at the Fair than anyone other than Burnham's office. His love of the picturesque had ample scope and proved popular with both critics and the crowds. While the only Fair building still written about is Sullivan's, Cobb's works at the Fair were appropriate to the materials, functional, and beautifully expressive of the festive yet ephemeral nature of the Fair, more than those of any other Fair designer.
1 day 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
2 days 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.
2 days 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Whitney will be taking over our Instagram for the next 24 hours. Follow along to see posts from Max and Julien’s visit to the museum.