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J.W. Taylor Photograph Collection

A work made of black and white and toned photographic prints..

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  • A work made of black and white and toned photographic prints..




Adler and Sullivan
Solon Spencer Beman (1853-1914)
William W. Boyington (1818-1898)
Burnham and Root
Cobb and Frost
Holabird and Roche

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Previously a bookseller, J.W. Taylor (1846–1918) began photographing Chicago in the 1870s and started advertising himself as a commercial photographer in 1889. Taylor worked until 1918, photographing Chicago-area architecture and landscapes, as well as buildings in other cities in the United States. This collection contains images taken in Chicago between about 1880 and 1910. Buildings represented are or were primarily office buildings located downtown in the Loop area and were designed by noted architects of the day, including Adler and Sullivan, Solon S. Beman, William W. Boyington, Burnham and Root, Cobb and Frost, and Holabird and Roche. Additionally, there are several images of Chicago parks and statuary.

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J.W. Taylor Photograph Collection

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Made 1880–1910


Black and white and toned photographic prints.


H.: 15.3 cm (6 in.)

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Purchase from Ronald T. Lyman III, 1993.

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