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Chicago's North Michigan Avenue: Planning and Development, 1900-1930 (Chicago Architecture & Urbanism)

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Since its opening in the 1920s, Chicago's North Michigan Avenue has been one of the city's most prestigious commerical corridors, lined by some of its most architecturally distinctive business, residential, and hotel buildings. Planned by Daniel Burnham in 1909, the avenue became the principal connecting link between downtown and the wealthy, residential "Gold Coast" north of the Loop. Some thirty buildings were constructed along its path in the ten-year period before the Depression, an urban expansion comparable in significance to that of Pennsylvania and Park Avenues.

John W. Stamper traces the complex development of North Michigan Avenue from the 1880s to the 1920s building boom that solidified its character and economic base, describing the initiation of the planning process by private interests to its execution aided by the city's powerful condemnation and taxation proceedings. He focuses on individual buildings constructed on the avenue, including the Renaissance- and Gothic-inspired Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Drake Hotel, and places them within the context of factors governing their construction—property ownership, financing, zoning laws, design theory, and advertising.

Stamper compares this stylistically diverse mixture of low- and high-rise structures with earlier, rejected planning proposals, all of which had prescribed a uniformly designed, European-like avenue of continuous cornice heights, consistent facade widths, and complementary stylistic features. He analyzes the drastically different character the avenue took by 1930, with high-rise towers reaching thirty stories and beyond, in terms of the clash among economic, political, and architectural interests. His argument—that the discrepancies between the rejected plans and reality illustrate the developers' choice of economic return on their investment over aesthetic community—is extended through to the present avenue and the virtual disregard of the urban qualities proposed at its inception. Generously illustrated, with an epilogue condensing the avenue's history between the end of World War II and the present, this is an exhaustive account of an important topic in the history of modern architecture and city planning.

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Stampler traces the development of N. Michigan Ave. from the 1880s to the 1920s, describing the planning process of private and city planners. He focuses on individual buildings: the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Drake Hotel, and others, and places them in the context of factors governing their construction. Beautifully produced and thoroughly illustrated.
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Synopsis:

John W. Stamper traces the complex development of 'North Michigan Avenue from the 1880s to the 1920s' building boom that solidified its character and economic base, describing the initiation of the planning process by private interests to its execution aided by the city's powerful condemnation and taxation proceedings. He focuses on individual buildings constructed on the avenue, including the Renaissance and Gothic inspired Wrigley building, Tribune Tower, and Drake Hotel, and places them within the context of factors governing their construction - property ownership, financing, zoning laws, design theory, and advertising.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-306) and index.

About the Author

James W. Stamper is associate professor in the School of Architecture and director of the Rome Studies Program of the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Early Development of Michigan Avenue and Pine Street McCormickville, Streeterville, and the Gold Coast

1. The Urban Imperative: Planning and Public Improvements

Early Plans for a North-South Connecting Link

Daniel Burnham and the 1990 Plan of Chicago

Publicizing the Plan

The Widening of North Michigan Avenue

The North Central Business District Association Plan

2. Commercial Architecture of the Early 1920s

John Crerar Library

Wrigley Building

Italian Court Building

Lake Shore Trust and Savings Bank

Palmer Shops Building

London Guarantee and Accident Company Building

3. The Chicago Tribune Tower

The Tribune Tower Competition

Final Design and Construction

4. Commercial Architecture of the Mid-1920s

Central Life Insurance Company Building

National Life Insurance Company Project

Bell Building

Michigan-Ohio Building

Hibbard, Spencer, and Bartlett Building

Lake-Michigan Building

Farwell Building

Malabry Court and Erskine-Danforth Buildings

5. Hotel, Club, and Residential Architecture

Drake Hotel

Allerton Hotel

900 North Michigan Avenue Apartment Building

Illinois Women's Athletic Club

Women's Chicago Athletic Club

Medinah Club

6. The Later 1920s Architecture of Holabird and Root

Tobey Building

333 North Michigan Avenue

Palmolive Building

Michigan Square Building

Michigan-Chestnut Building

Judah Building

Terminal Park

7. Commercial Architecture at the End of the Decade

Michigan-Superior Building

McGraw-Hill Building

Music Corporation of America Building

Union Carbide and Carbon Building

Cuneo Tower Project

The Corporate and Commercial Avenue in 1929

Epilogue

Appendix One: The Planners of North Michigan Avenue

Appendix Two: The Architects of North Michigan Avenue in the 1920s

Appendix Three: The Developers of North Michigan Avenue in the 1920s

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Books

Articles

Other

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226770857
Author:
Stamper, John W.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
United States - Midwest - East North Central (General)
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.)
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Architecture, modern
Subject:
Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Subject:
Michigan Avenue
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Architecture -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Reference
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Architecture and Urbanism
Series Volume:
9274
Publication Date:
19910831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
145 halftones, 29 line drawings, 6 table
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , John W. Stamper traces the complex development of 'North Michigan Avenue from the 1880s to the 1920s' building boom that solidified its character and economic base, describing the initiation of the planning process by private interests to its execution aided by the city's powerful condemnation and taxation proceedings. He focuses on individual buildings constructed on the avenue, including the Renaissance and Gothic inspired Wrigley building, Tribune Tower, and Drake Hotel, and places them within the context of factors governing their construction - property ownership, financing, zoning laws, design theory, and advertising.
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