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

Close-ups of the richly detailed facade.

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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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Chicago Bee Building, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Debbie
Very pretty Deco with a green color palette, representing a bit of African-American history in Chicago. (The building now serves as a branch of the Chicago Public Library, BTW.)
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Chicago Bee Building.BronzevilleAddress: 3647-55 S. State St.Year Built: 1929-1931Architect: 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.

Chicago Bee Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Very pretty Deco with a green color palette, representing a bit of African-American history in Chicago. (The building now serves as a branch of the Chicago Public Library, BTW.)

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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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Details, Medic Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

External details from an endangered building.

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The Medic Building, on Preservation Chicago’s new list of most endangered buildings. “The Medic building, situated at the corner of Melrose and Ashland, is an extremely intact example of a Chicago building with art deco detailing. This intersection, in conjunction with Belmont and Ashland, was an important commercial hub when the building was constructed in 1929.” M.F. Strauch, architect.

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Medic Building, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Debbie
Endangered building with lots of detail, like large sunbursts. (Detail shot coming up.)
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The Medic Building, on Preservation Chicago’s new list of most endangered buildings. “The Medic building, situated at the corner of Melrose and Ashland, is an extremely intact example of a Chicago building with art deco detailing. This intersection, in conjunction with Belmont and Ashland, was an important commercial hub when the building was constructed in 1929.” M.F. Strauch, architect.

Medic Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Endangered building with lots of detail, like large sunbursts. (Detail shot coming up.)

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The Medic Building, on Preservation Chicago’s new list of most endangered buildings. “The Medic building, situated at the corner of Melrose and Ashland, is an extremely intact example of a Chicago building with art deco detailing. This intersection, in conjunction with Belmont and Ashland, was an important commercial hub when the building was constructed in 1929.” M.F. Strauch, architect.

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Belle Shore Apartments, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Debbie
Elegant exterior detail. 
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The eight-story Belle Shore Apartments is located at 1062 W. Bryn Mawr. Built in 1929 as an apartment hotel, it was designed by Nathaniel Koenigsberg and Leon Weisfeld, who were influenced by the Egyptian Art-Deco movement (King Tut’s tomb had been discovered only a few years before). It was named for developer Max Malter’s wife, Belle. It is decorated in green-and-cream terra cotta from the Northwest Terra Cotta Company and has many relief figures. The lobby has a mural with scenes from the Old Testament. The Belle Shore was originally intended as studio and one-bedroom accommodations for young, single working people and operated as a residential hotel—with full ammenities—for many years. Over the decades, the Belle Shore was the victim of neglect, and much wear-and-tear was evident. (Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads website)

Belle Shore Apartments, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie

Elegant exterior detail. 

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The eight-story Belle Shore Apartments is located at 1062 W. Bryn Mawr. Built in 1929 as an apartment hotel, it was designed by Nathaniel Koenigsberg and Leon Weisfeld, who were influenced by the Egyptian Art-Deco movement (King Tut’s tomb had been discovered only a few years before). It was named for developer Max Malter’s wife, Belle. It is decorated in green-and-cream terra cotta from the Northwest Terra Cotta Company and has many relief figures. The lobby has a mural with scenes from the Old Testament. The Belle Shore was originally intended as studio and one-bedroom accommodations for young, single working people and operated as a residential hotel—with full ammenities—for many years. Over the decades, the Belle Shore was the victim of neglect, and much wear-and-tear was evident. (Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads website)

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Carbon and Carbide Building, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto by Terrence Faircloth
The amazing C&C Building.
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The tower of the art deco Carbide and Carbon Building seen from the north. The building now houses the Hard Rock Hotel on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

From Wikipedia:

The Carbide & Carbon Building is a Chicago landmark located at 230 N. Michigan Avenue. The building, which was built in 1929, is an example of Art Deco architecture designed by Daniel and Hubert Burnham, sons of architect Daniel Burnham, and was designated a Chicago Landmark on May 9, 1996. Originally built as a high-rise office tower, the Carbide & Carbon Building was converted in 2004 to the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. The building has 37 floors and is 503 feet (153 m) tall.

Carbon and Carbide Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Terrence Faircloth

The amazing C&C Building.

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The tower of the art deco Carbide and Carbon Building seen from the north. The building now houses the Hard Rock Hotel on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

From Wikipedia:

The Carbide & Carbon Building is a Chicago landmark located at 230 N. Michigan Avenue. The building, which was built in 1929, is an example of Art Deco architecture designed by Daniel and Hubert Burnham, sons of architect Daniel Burnham, and was designated a Chicago Landmark on May 9, 1996. Originally built as a high-rise office tower, the Carbide & Carbon Building was converted in 2004 to the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. The building has 37 floors and is 503 feet (153 m) tall.

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