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Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago (Chicago Architecture and Urbanism)


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When championing the commercial buildings and homes that made the Windy City famous, one cant help but mention the brilliant names of their architects—Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. But few people are aware of Henry Ives Cobb (1859-1931), the man responsible for an extraordinarily rich chapter in the citys turn-of-the-century building boom, and fewer still realize Cobbs lasting importance as a designer of the private and public institutions that continue to enrich Chicagos exceptional architectural heritage.


Henry Ives Cobbs Chicago is the first book about this distinguished architect and the magnificent buildings he created, including the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Athletic Association, the Fisheries Building for the 1893 Worlds Fair, and the Chicago Federal Building. Cobb filled a huge institutional void with his inventive Romanesque and Gothic buildings—something that the other architect-giants, occupied largely with residential and commercial work, did not do. Edward W. Wolner argues that these constructions and the enterprises they housed—including the first buildings and master plan for the University of Chicago—signaled that the city had come of age, that its leaders were finally pursuing the highest ambitions in the realms of culture and intellect.


Assembling a cast of colorful characters from a free-wheeling age gone by, and including over 140 images of Cobbs most creative buildings, Henry Ives Cobbs Chicago is a rare achievement: a dynamic portrait of an architect whose institutional designs decisively changed the citys identity during its most critical phase of development.

About the Author

Edward W. Wolner teaches architectural history and the Western humanities in the Department of Architecture and the Honors College at Ball State University.

Table of Contents



Part I    A Proper Bostonians Chicago  

1          The Union Club, Self-Made Men, and Chicagos First Period of Growth  

2          Three Mansions, Four Self-Makers, and Chicagos Metropolitan Expansion         

3          The Chicago Opera House and the Owings Building: Skyscrapers and Rationalized Work I           

4          Cultural Politics and the Newberry Librarys Compartmentalization of Knowledge           

Part II  Cultural Institutions and Metropolitan Maturity    

5          Cobbs Varieties of the Romanesque                 

6          Skyscrapers and Rationalized Work II   

7          Self-Made Men, Civic Culture, and the University of Chicago (1889-1893)          

8          Science, Self-Makers, and the Universitys Second Building Campaign (1893-1897)         

9          Public Square and the Federal Building: Design, Civic Discourse, and Rationalized Government

Part III Trials and Triumphs Within and Outside Chicago

10         Professional Ethics, Rationalized Government, and the Pennsylvania State Capitol

11         Falls from Grace          

12         Chicago in New York



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Wolner, Edward W.
University of Chicago Press
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Chicago Architecture and Urbanism
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11 x 8.5 in

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