Oppenheim, Obendorf and Company, interior
112-124 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Hughes Company
8x10 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society

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(Summer Pavilion at the new public space © MAS Studio)

The University of Chicago Arts + Public Life initiative has launched a call for proposals for the design and production of a suite of outdoor furniture to accompany the pavilion designed by MAS Studio. Below is the call:

“The Arts + Public Life initiative seeks proposals from experienced Chicago-based artisans for the design and production of a suite of outdoor furniture to be used at a new park at 265 East Garfield Boulevard in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood. The furniture will complement a pavilion structure, designed by MAS Studio, that will be a main feature of the new park.

The park, pavilion, and furniture will encourage free and open activities for the community, including seniors and children, and will support community-based programming such as live theater and music. The park is expected to open in May 2015.

Proposals are due Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 11:59pm.”

For a complete timeline, project details, and proposal guidelines visit artsandpubliclife.uchicago.edu.

Carrie Obendorfer Simon founded the Reform movement’s National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods in 1913.

American Jewish women, driven both by a desire to preserve Jewish culture in the face of assimilation and inspired by the Victorian ideal of feminine morality, took on a far greater role in maintaining the rituals of Judaism than ever before in Jewish history. Together, American Jewish women formed numerous organizations that, while rooted in religion, extended far beyond the synagogue into political and social spheres.


After seeing the tremendous support Olympic Divers Tom Daley & Matthew Mitcham received during their Coming Outs, West Virginia Univ. diver Alex Obendorf comes out as being gay for the first time in a recent interview. Citing both Daley & Mitcham as positive role models for gay athletes such as himself, Obendorf states 

"I’m pretty proud of them because I know that it’s a hard thing to open up about, especially to the public as an Olympian. I am openly gay. I know where they come from."

Obendorf’s story, along with other recently Out non-professional athletes, such as Alan Gendereau of Middle Tennessee State & two volleyball players in a rural religious South Carolina show the affect professional athletes cause in their Coming Out, not only to other professionals, but to young, non-professional individuals as well.