Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Field Museum of Natural History: Reliefs panels and Caryatids by Henry Hering

The Field Museum of Natural History

The skull and the ankh really caught my eyes...
I had learnt about ankh only a few days back. It's an ancient Egyptian hierogyyphic character that reads "life".

Anthropology - by Henry Hering,
Relief panel: Winged female figure holding a human skull and an Ankh

Geology - by Henry Hering
 Relief panel: Winged female figure holding a globe
with North and South American continents and a torch representing fire
Caryatids - by Henry Hering
I have yet to photograph relief panels "Botany" and "Zoology"
For a very interesting read about the Field Museum architecture.. click here

Monday, August 13, 2012

New York City [Guggenheim Museum]

 "Let each man exercise the art he knows"
- Aristophanes [ 422 B.C.]

This museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
is the gift of Solomon R. Guggenheim

This seal is at the entrance of the Guggenheim Museum, New York City.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Museum of Non-Objective Painting
Desinged by Frank Lloyd Wright
 Opened: October 21, 1959

Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue [at 89th Street]
New York, NY 10128

These images were taken on July 2, 2011. For some reason, mostly "paucity of time",  which is a better way of admitting to "laziness", I never published them. So here they are, one year later..

The skylight at the center of the museum..

Trip to NY Summer Vacation, 2011..   click here..

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Navy Pier Headhouse and Auditorium

Navy Pier Headhouse and Auditorium
Address: Grand Ave. and Streeter Dr. at Lake Michigan
Year Built: 1916 Headhouse and east end buildings
Architect: Charles S. Frost
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 14, 1977   

From the  Chicago Landmarks website..  click here..

Navy Pier was inspired by the 1909 Plan for Chicago, which called for two large piers projecting into Lake Michigan. Built at a time when Chicago was a major inland port, "Municipal Pier No. 2" (the other pier was never built) was originally designed to accommodate shipping facilities. The structure's name was changed in 1927 to honor those who served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. Shipping declined in the 1930s and, during World War II, the pier was used for military training. From 1946 to 1965, the pier served as the Chicago campus for the University of Illinois. In 1992, the original sheds were torn down to make way for new recreational/convention uses, although the masonry structures located at either end of the pier were retained.



The Y-symbol motif on the auditorium's glass doors...


Navy Pier as seen from the AeroBalloon.. click here..

Friday, June 22, 2012

Roloson Houses

Front Elevation of the houses for R.W.Roloson Houses, in the exhibition, Wright's Roots..

Wright's Roots
Location:  Expo 72
72 E. Randolph St , Chicago, IL 60601

Roloson Houses..
Address: 3213-19 S. Calumet Ave.
Year Built: 1894
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: December 27, 1979..

The four rowhouses were built as investment property by Robert W. Roloson, a successful grain merchant. The architectural commission was among the earliest received by Frank Llyod Wright after leaving the firm of Adler & Sullivan, and the design shows many of his early influences.

These are the only rowhouses designed by Frank Llyod Wright, that were actually built. The facades display the steeply pitched gables and rectangular bands of windows characteristic of the English Tudor Revival style. Sullivanesque terra-cotta ornament embellishes the spandrel between the second and third floors. Shows the influence of Sullivan on Frank Llyod Wright.

The backyard of the Roloson Houses.. facing the S Dr. Matin Luther King, Jr. Drive...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oak Park [Bust of Frank Lloyd Wright - by Egon Weiner]

Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959]
by Egon Weiner
Location: Austin Gardens, Oak Park

Placed on this site in celebration of the
bicentinnial of the American revolution,
and Oak Park proud heritage.

# Egon Weiner - Pillar of Fire..
# Egon Weiner - Polyphony..
# Egon Weiner - Brotherhood...

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Fourth Presbyterian Church

The Fourth Presbyterian Church ...
Address: 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611 ...
Architect: Ralph Adams Cram, America’s leading Gothic revival architect, best known for his work on the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City .
The parish house, cloister, manse, and garth were designed by prominent midwestern architect Howard Van Doren Shaw..

Founded: Feb, 1871 ...
was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 1871 ...
The church opened for services in 1914 ...
Except for the Old Water Tower, Fourth Church is the oldest building on Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River.

Just above the entrance door are the words..
The Master is here, And Colleth for Thee

Although the church was designed by Ralph Adams Cram, but the parish house, cloister, manse, and garth were designed by prominent midwestern architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.  These were built at the same time as the church and dedicated in March 1914. The covered “cloister” separates the peaceful courtyard from the crowds and hubbub of Michigan Avenue.

It has a beautiful fountain in the center with the words..
For the Earth Shall Be
Filled with the knowledge

Of the Glory of the Lord
As the Water covers the Sea..
For more details on the fountain,  click here ..



There is also a sculpture,  "The Great Teacher", by Abbott Pattison.
For more images of the sculpture,  click here ..

Fountain, click here ..
Sculpture, "The Great Teacher" - by Abbott Pattison, click here ..

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Grand Interiors [Fish-Eye Staircase by Josef Paul Kleihues at MCA]

The Fish-Eye staircase
at the Museum of Contemporary Art [MCA]..
Address: 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Architect: Josef Paul Kleihues ..
This fish-eye / almond shaped staircase begins with a goldfish pond..

And for more spectacular here..

And below image is of the outside staircase of MCA..

Spectacular here..