Archive for the ‘Arts Club’ Category

Thanksgiving quiz – You’ve never been inside this building, but you will be. – What is it?

11/27/2008


Its indoor “street,” with shops or galleries to each side reminds me of an Italian Galleria, such as

Vittorio Emanuele in Milano.

So yes, it is by an Italian.

Its main staircase says “elegance”

and it is the “son of”

staircase at the Arts Club, Chicago, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

So yes, this new building will grace, help transform, add greatly to, the Windy City. To help situate it for you, here’s a view of Millennium Park, from the third floor window of the new building,


in lovely autumnal colors.

Do you know where I was today, to take these photos?
In which major new cultural building, due to open
(with a splash) in May?

Details and more thoughts on this, more photos, exterior shots, plus- is the bridge to this any good? It’s got a tough act to follow! Answers after we pause for Thanksgiving. I’ll also write about the restoration work at Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments.

I have much for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. And write me, if you can name the building above.
-Edward
.

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02/02/2007


From “Memories of Myron Goldsmith. ” At the Arts Club of Chicago. Through April 13th. 201 E. Ontario Street.

The pristine nature of the projects shows such faith.

It opened last night. It was wonderful to feel Myron Goldsmith’s sensitive, kindly, optimistic and enquiring spirit (I never met the man), pervade the room, in his buildings, and in his friends.

A high point for me was to see and have a nice conversation with

George Danforth. George was a classmate of Myron Goldsmith at IIT; both studied with Mies when he arrived in 1938, and then worked closely with him. George is one of the finest gentlemen I’ve known.

A perfect evening. Even if the
cake served, looked more like

it came from Zaha than Myron.

-E

top photo: United Airlines Wash and Maintenance Hangar, San Francisco, CA. 1958
SOM, Myron Goldsmith, and James Ferris
Photograph by Hedrich Blessing and Myron Goldsmith,
courtesy of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

02/02/2007


From “Memories of Myron Goldsmith. ” At the Arts Club of Chicago. Through April 13th. 201 E. Ontario Street.

The pristine nature of the projects shows such faith.

It opened last night. It was wonderful to feel Myron Goldsmith’s sensitive, kindly, optimistic and enquiring spirit (I never met the man), pervade the room, in his buildings, and in his friends.

A high point for me was to see and have a nice conversation with

George Danforth. George was a classmate of Myron Goldsmith at IIT; both studied with Mies when he arrived in 1938, and then worked closely with him. George is one of the finest gentlemen I’ve known.

A perfect evening. Even if the
cake served, looked more like

it came from Zaha than Myron.

-E

top photo: United Airlines Wash and Maintenance Hangar, San Francisco, CA. 1958
SOM, Myron Goldsmith, and James Ferris
Photograph by Hedrich Blessing and Myron Goldsmith,
courtesy of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

01/23/2007

My, my, Myron


At the Arts Club of Chicago last night, for the Joyce Awards. Got a sneak preview of the Myron Goldsmith exhibition, to open January 31. “Memories of Myron Goldsmith.”


Large-scale, black-and-white photographs of 10 works by the late Chicago architect.

Myron Goldsmith’s works include the offices and printing plant of The Republic newspaper in Columbus, Indiana. (1971, and gorgeous, and barely mentioned on the website for the Republic.)

The Cook County Administration Building (ne’ Brunswick), stared at constantly by no less than

Chicago’s Picasso. And

tragically, six people lost their lives there as a result of a fire in 2003.

The unbuilt ‘Ruck-a-Chucky’ Bridge (love the name! – done with T.Y. Lin and others) for a site in California
and the Solar Telescope, at Kitt Peak, Arizona, (1962).


He superintended the construction of the Farnsworth House, having trained with Mies since the late ’30’s.

“I’ve always considered myself extremely lucky that here I was in a sort of third-rate school, Armour, and due to no efforts of my own, in walks Mies in 1938…”

Lucky Man!, but,

“There was another factor: the war was now going on. It was very disturbing. It was awful. It was very well known, German anti-Semitism. That was not a very good period to study architecture, with the world falling to pieces around you…

See how he built up the world, in a very post-war way, beginning January 31, at the Arts Club of Chicago. And as you stare at the modernity in his work, remember these words of Myron Goldsmith, also from his oral history,

“If some architects believed that architecture would reform society, change society? I did not. I did not really have those aspirations. I had hoped to do something nice that would give pleasure and be a nice thing.”


-E.

Ruck-A-Chucky Bridge; Auburn, California, 1980. Rendering by D. Hansen. Photo courtesy of SOM.
Kitt Peak 1962. Photo by Ezra Stoller

01/23/2007

My, my, Myron


At the Arts Club of Chicago last night, for the Joyce Awards. Got a sneak preview of the Myron Goldsmith exhibition, to open January 31. “Memories of Myron Goldsmith.”


Large-scale, black-and-white photographs of 10 works by the late Chicago architect.

Myron Goldsmith’s works include the offices and printing plant of The Republic newspaper in Columbus, Indiana. (1971, and gorgeous, and barely mentioned on the website for the Republic.)

The Cook County Administration Building (ne’ Brunswick), stared at constantly by no less than

Chicago’s Picasso. And

tragically, six people lost their lives there as a result of a fire in 2003.

The unbuilt ‘Ruck-a-Chucky’ Bridge (love the name! – done with T.Y. Lin and others) for a site in California
and the Solar Telescope, at Kitt Peak, Arizona, (1962).


He superintended the construction of the Farnsworth House, having trained with Mies since the late ’30’s.

“I’ve always considered myself extremely lucky that here I was in a sort of third-rate school, Armour, and due to no efforts of my own, in walks Mies in 1938…”

Lucky Man!, but,

“There was another factor: the war was now going on. It was very disturbing. It was awful. It was very well known, German anti-Semitism. That was not a very good period to study architecture, with the world falling to pieces around you…

See how he built up the world, in a very post-war way, beginning January 31, at the Arts Club of Chicago. And as you stare at the modernity in his work, remember these words of Myron Goldsmith, also from his oral history,

“If some architects believed that architecture would reform society, change society? I did not. I did not really have those aspirations. I had hoped to do something nice that would give pleasure and be a nice thing.”


-E.

Ruck-A-Chucky Bridge; Auburn, California, 1980. Rendering by D. Hansen. Photo courtesy of SOM.
Kitt Peak 1962. Photo by Ezra Stoller

01/23/2007

My, my, Myron


At the Arts Club of Chicago last night, for the Joyce Awards. Got a sneak preview of the Myron Goldsmith exhibition, to open January 31. “Memories of Myron Goldsmith.”


Large-scale, black-and-white photographs of 10 works by the late Chicago architect.

Myron Goldsmith’s works include the offices and printing plant of The Republic newspaper in Columbus, Indiana. (1971, and gorgeous, and barely mentioned on the website for the Republic.)

The Cook County Administration Building (ne’ Brunswick), stared at constantly by no less than

Chicago’s Picasso. And

tragically, six people lost their lives there as a result of a fire in 2003.

The unbuilt ‘Ruck-a-Chucky’ Bridge (love the name! – done with T.Y. Lin and others) for a site in California
and the Solar Telescope, at Kitt Peak, Arizona, (1962).


He superintended the construction of the Farnsworth House, having trained with Mies since the late ’30’s.

“I’ve always considered myself extremely lucky that here I was in a sort of third-rate school, Armour, and due to no efforts of my own, in walks Mies in 1938…”

Lucky Man!, but,

“There was another factor: the war was now going on. It was very disturbing. It was awful. It was very well known, German anti-Semitism. That was not a very good period to study architecture, with the world falling to pieces around you…

See how he built up the world, in a very post-war way, beginning January 31, at the Arts Club of Chicago. And as you stare at the modernity in his work, remember these words of Myron Goldsmith, also from his oral history,

“If some architects believed that architecture would reform society, change society? I did not. I did not really have those aspirations. I had hoped to do something nice that would give pleasure and be a nice thing.”


-E.

Ruck-A-Chucky Bridge; Auburn, California, 1980. Rendering by D. Hansen. Photo courtesy of SOM.
Kitt Peak 1962. Photo by Ezra Stoller

12/26/2006

Night at the Museum — as the lady said, who needs Ben Stiller?

Careful, the staircase seems to move. !

Does it not show motion?

That’s its essential statement. Stairs by Mies in the Arts Club of Chicago.

lol,
-E

12/26/2006

Night at the Museum — as the lady said, who needs Ben Stiller?

Careful, the staircase seems to move. !

Does it not show motion?

That’s its essential statement. Stairs by Mies in the Arts Club of Chicago.

lol,
-E