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The Architects and the City: Holabird Amp Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918 (Chicago Architecture & Urbanism)

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Winner of the 1998 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

Chicago has always held a special fascination for those interested in architectural and urban history. For many, the defining moment occurred at the turn of the century when Chicago was booming and the world came to the city by the lake. But the story most often told in architectural history—the tale of single creative geniuses like Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan—does little to explain the birth of the everyday modern city, with its high-rise downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and sprawling suburbs. This book connects architectural history with urban history by looking at the work of a major architectural firm, Holabird & Roche. No firm in any large American city had a greater impact.

With projects that ranged from tombstones to skyscrapers, boiler rooms to entire industrial complexes, Holabird & Roche left an indelible stamp on the city of Chicago and, indeed, far beyond. In this volume, the first of two on Holabird & Roche and its successor, Holabird & Root, Robert Bruegmann traces the firms history from its founding in 1880 to the end of the First World War. Incorporating meticulous research based on the extensive architectural holdings of the Chicago Historical Society, Bruegmann documents the firms work from the boom years of the 1880s through the period of sustained growth and innovation after the turn of the century. In chapters devoted to topics as diverse as downtown commercial and retail development, business hotels, civic buildings, automobile showrooms, and suburban clubs and housing, Bruegmann creates a sustained historical narrative that considers the profound interdependence of architecture and modern urban life.

Synopsis:

With projects that ranged from tombstones to skyscrapers, boiler rooms to entire industrial complexes, Holabird & Roche left an indelible stamp on the city of Chicago and, indeed, far beyond. Bruegmann traces the firm's history from its founding in 1880 to the end of the first World War, incorporating meticulous research based on the extensive architectural holdings of the Chicago Historical Society.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 471-510) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1: The Founding of the Firm

2: The Partners: William Holabird and Martin Roche

3: The Firm

4: Labor Unrest and the Creation of Fort Sheridan

5: Capital, Technology, and the Tall Office Building: The Tacoma

6: The Skyscraper and the City: The Marquette 1

7: The Skyscraper and the City: The Marquette 2

8: Along Leafy Avenues: William Holabird's Evanston

9: The Firm

10: State Street in the Nineties

11: Theme and Variation: The Loft Building

12: Terra Cotta on State Street: The Department Store and the Tall Shops Building

13: Golfing in the Suburbs: The Glen View Golf and Polo Club

14: Fishing in the Wilderness: The Coleman Lake Club

15: The Firm

16: Palaces of Democracy: The Business Hotel

17: Civic Grandeur, Civic Squalor: Cook County Courthouse and Chicago City Hall

18: Terra Cotta on South Michigan Avenue: Automobile Row

19: At the Corner of Michigan and Monroe: The University Club and the Monroe Building

20: The Architecture of Communications: Buildings for the Chicago Telephone Company

21: By Way of Conclusion: The Three Arts Club, Holabird & Roche, and the American City

Abbreviated Catalog of Works by Holabird & Roche, 1880-1918

Notes

Sources of Information

Index

Maps

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226076959
Other:
Bruegmann, Robert
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Bruegmann, Robert
Location:
Chicago, Ill. :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.)
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Individual Architect
Subject:
Holabird & Roche(Chicago, Ill.)
Subject:
Chicago school of architecture (Movement)
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Subject:
Chicago school of architecture
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Individual Architects & Firms - General
Subject:
Architecture -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Subject:
Architecture-Architects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Architecture and Urbanism
Series Volume:
92-24
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
180 halftones, 5 maps, 100 line drawings
Pages:
562
Dimensions:
9.19 x 8.5 in

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