Auditorium Building Stained Glass by Jeff Reuben Via Flickr: The Auditorium Building, now Roosevelt University, was the largest structure of its kind in America at the time of its completion in 1890. Designed by Dankmar Adler (1844-1900) and Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924), the 4,237-seat theater, hotel, and office building earned a national reputation for their firm.
Source: Historic American Building Survey (HABS), Addendum to report No. ILL-1007
With direction from Sullivan, the windows were executed in 1889 by the renowned stained-glass firm of George Healy and Louis Millet, which won acclaim in Europe for its designs. It is also rumored that Sullivan’s protege Frank Lloyd Wright had a hand in the designs. Wright, who called Sullivan “master,” was his right-hand man before setting out on his own and had a particular interest in stained glass that continued throughout his career.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Artful Glass”, 27 November 2000
Charleston Improvement Corp. Houses (1906-07), view02, 93-99 Church St, Charleston, SC, USA by Steve Minor Via Flickr: Charleston est. 1670, pop. 127,999 (2013)
• No. 95 Church St
• parcel of land formerly owned by the Charleston Hydraulic Press Company (1874), a large industrial complex during the last half of the 19th c. • purchased by Charleston Improvement Corporation, 1906 • led by businessman Tristram T. Hyde (1862-1931), later mayor of Charleston) • constructed mid-sized houses throughout Charleston, 1906-1930
• this was the company’s most extensive development • similar Queen Anne style gable ends & front piazzas varied slightly with double-tiered porches at No. 93 (now gone) & No. 97, pedimented entries & side piazzas at No. 95 & No. 99
Charleston Historic District, National Register # 66000964, 1969 • declared National Historic Landmark District, 1973
Pictured here is Carrie Furnace at sunset. The last remaining portion of the enormous Homestead Steel Works complex of US Steel, Furnaces 6 and 7 stand proudly beside the Monongahela River right outside of Pittsburgh, which earned the moniker “The Steel City” for its industrial heritage. Thankfully, although most of the complex has been eradicated for scrap, Furnaces 6 and 7 were given National Register of Historic Places designation last decade and immediately granted Landmark District status, and plans are underway to turn the site into an industrial heritage museum & national park.
Relishing America’s Roadside Relics with @clive78757
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Architectural historian Gregory Smith (@clive78757) is obsessed with American roadside relics. Family road trips to destinations like the Atlantic City, New Jersey region — home to numerous miniature golf courses and Lucy, the six-story building shaped like an elephant — initially sparked Gregory’s affections, and he began photographing his favorite landmarks in college. He aims for a light touch in processing, yet admits, “I’m prone to saturate color and dramatize the sky, perhaps inspired by the old postcards I’ve loved since I was kid.” But it’s not just about image for Gregory, who helps get Texan landmarks listed in the National Register of Historic Places. His goal is to document and promote the preservation of commercial landmarks. “They represent the spirit of small business, exemplify creativity in design and construction, and help us better recognize and understand patterns in the ever-changing American landscape.”
Kicking Off the Weekend with Photos of Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah by Bob Wick!
The BLM-managed Bonneville Salt Flats are a 30,000 acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin in Utah. “Bonneville” is also on the National Register of Historic Landmarks because of its contribution to land speed racing. The salt flats are about 12 miles long and 5 miles wide with total area coverage of just over 46 square miles. Near the center of the salt, the crust is almost 5 feet thick in places, with the depth tapering off to less than 1 inch as you get to the edges. Total salt crust volume has been estimated at 147 million tons or 99 million cubic yards of salt.