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 hour 2 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality and endemic racism. While his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
1 day 3 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago “One day, I had a dream… there were three black boots in the middle of the road, with very high houses."
These are the words of Tarsila do Amaral, one of the leaders behind Anthropophagy, a national art movement that arose in 1920s Brazil with the goal of “cannibalizing” aspects of European modern art in order to make a new, more distinctly indigenous style. #5WomenArtists
Explore Tarsila’s work in depth when Tarsila do Amaral: Reinventing Modern Art in Brazil opens at the Art Institute this October.
Image: Tarsila do Amaral. City (The Street), 1929. Collection of Bolsa de Arte.