Structures

The Old:

This water tower is one of few remaining in Chicago, and, I think, the only one left in Rogers Park.  These were installed on almost every building after the Great Fire of October 8, 1871.

This water tower is one of few remaining in Chicago, and, I think, the only one left in Rogers Park. These were installed on almost every building after the Great Fire of October 8, 1871.

The New:

Scaffolding has been erected around the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House.

Scaffolding has been erected around the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House.

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Extensive renovations are being made, including roof repair, and the boarded-up windows will be replaced with reproductions of Mr. Wright's original stained glass designs for this house, which dates from 1915.

Extensive renovations are being made, including roof repair, and the boarded-up windows will be replaced with reproductions of Mr. Wright’s original stained glass designs for this house, which dates from 1915.

I have not yet heard the projected finish date, as so much repair will be done, but it is exciting to be able to catalogue the on-going work.

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2 responses to “Structures

  1. I hope you keep photographing the house, and what they do to it. The water tower is incredible, I have never heard of that, I hope they don’t all disappear.

    • Sadly, most have, Leanne…now that Chicago has a well-organized, hard-working fire department.

      The Great Fire of 1871 destroyed most of the downtown buildings and many up to several miles north. Even the Chicago River, to the west of downtown, did not stop the destruction. If you Google “Chicago Great Fire” images, you’ll probably be able to see some of the devastation…a very terrible day for a thriving Chicago of that era.

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