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..