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30 East Adams, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Stephanie Barto
Elevator light. Dang! 
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30 East Adams 
The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

Elevator light. Dang! 

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

Oh, wow! I think there’s a line leading to each elevator. I want in! 

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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30 East Adams, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Stephanie Barto
I love this. A couple of interior photos coming up. -Wendy
From Flickr:

30 East Adams 
The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

30 East Adams, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Stephanie Barto

I love this. A couple of interior photos coming up. -Wendy

From Flickr:

30 East Adams 

The original owner of this building was Potter Palmer, who had it constructed in the 1920’s. In 1938 the Bennett Brothers rented space in the building, and in 1968 they purchased it. Very interesting building…a mix of early art deco style with Mid-Century Modern. I think the lobby probably still looks very much the same as it did when the Bennett Brothers purchased it and opened their showroom there circa 1972…

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Brighton Park, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Debbie
Charming terra cotta detail.
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Brighton Park, Chicago 
Art Deco terra cotta, 4171 S. Archer. Julius Floto, architect. Floto was a civil and structural engineer as well as an architect. He had worked with Frank Lloyd Wright as a structural engineer on the Imperial Hotel (1915-1923), Wright’s best-known work in Japan and Tokyo’s premier hotel. Much of Floto’s work was done in the Chicago area. In Chicago, he was architect for the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago (1931), remodeled Goodspeed Hall at the University of Chicago, converting a dormitory into the Art Department (1937), and co-designed the Meyercord Company Building (1938 later the William V. Banks Grand Lodge). He was the architect for the Hawthorne Race Course Clubhouse in Stickney (1924) and planned a one-story commercial building at 311-313 Madison Street in Oak Park (1928).

Brighton Park, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Charming terra cotta detail.

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Brighton Park, Chicago 

Art Deco terra cotta, 4171 S. Archer. Julius Floto, architect. Floto was a civil and structural engineer as well as an architect. He had worked with Frank Lloyd Wright as a structural engineer on the Imperial Hotel (1915-1923), Wright’s best-known work in Japan and Tokyo’s premier hotel. Much of Floto’s work was done in the Chicago area. In Chicago, he was architect for the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago (1931), remodeled Goodspeed Hall at the University of Chicago, converting a dormitory into the Art Department (1937), and co-designed the Meyercord Company Building (1938 later the William V. Banks Grand Lodge). He was the architect for the Hawthorne Race Course Clubhouse in Stickney (1924) and planned a one-story commercial building at 311-313 Madison Street in Oak Park (1928).

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Cermak Mausoleum, Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Mark Susina
Egyptian-style Deco mausoleum.
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Mayor Anton Cermak Mausoleum - Bohemian National Cemetery - Chicago 
Anton Cermak was mayor of Chicago, and was murdered in 1933. He was shot by an assassin who allegedly intended to kill Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the president elect of the United States. He’s buried in this art deco style mausoleum.

Cermak Mausoleum, Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Mark Susina

Egyptian-style Deco mausoleum.

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Mayor Anton Cermak Mausoleum - Bohemian National Cemetery - Chicago 

Anton Cermak was mayor of Chicago, and was murdered in 1933. He was shot by an assassin who allegedly intended to kill Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the president elect of the United States. He’s buried in this art deco style mausoleum.

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Details, Chicago Bee Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Close-ups of the richly detailed facade.

From Flickr:

Chicago Bee Building
Bronzeville
Address: 3647-55 S. State St.
Year Built: 1929-1931
Architect: Z. Erol Smith

The Chicago Bee newspaper was founded by noted African-American entrepreneur Anthony Overton. This Art Deco-style building was constructed as the headquarters for the Chicago Bee newspaper. Terra Cotta by the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company of Chicago.

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