It occurred to me the other day…

…while walking to the grocer’s, that I hadn’t kept you informed of the progress in the renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House here on Sheridan Road in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The west and south facades

The west and south facades

Lots of building supplies clutter the front yard, and the scaffolding remains while the fascias are being strip-sanded and repainted, and the walls are being prepared for the application of a new layer of stucco.

The west facade

The west facade

A pile of rubble next to an already-full Dumpster is all that remains of the old roof–I don’t know if this was the original.

Mr. Wright did have a reputation for creating leaky roofs, such as those at the Johnson Wax Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The front Tulip garden

The front Tulip Garden

I’m not certain if the fabulous Tulip Garden will be brought back, but the garden will be smaller with the addition of about six feet of sod laid as a buffer between bushes and the rich-looking soil.

The deck and rear entryway

The deck and rear entryway

The former sunroom walls have been removed to expose the original deck, which at the time of construction (1915) overlooked the shore of Lake Michigan.

Sadly, the lake was filled in, and the rear of the Bach House is now a half-block west of the shoreline.

The backyard

The backyard

This was a complete and beautiful surprise!

A curving hand-laid stone pathway now surrounds a short retaining wall and flower beds.

This area was originally several feet high and quite ‘wild-looking’.

The structure on the right (a guest house?) is not original to the property–it was built, if I correctly recall, in 2008 and is attached to the two-car garage, which I also think is not original.

The building permit

The building permit

It’s posted on the temporary cyclone fence at the alleyway, and gives you a pretty good idea of what is being added/renovated By Tawani Enterprises, Inc., which is headed by billionaire J. N. Pritzker.

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Tawani Enterprises also has bought the parking lot just north of my own building and the Shambhala Meditation Center just north of that.
Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished--I don't look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished–I don’t look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure...except that this rendering is in very forced perspective--the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the four-story Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure…except that this rendering is in very forced perspective–the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

That’s my building sticking up behind the structure–I hope I don’t lose my view !

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I hadn’t realized…

…that these had been planted in front of my building last Autumn…I just thought the mangy-looking grass was going to be re-seeded.

To my surprise, Tulips popped over the last two weeks, and I wondered what color they would be.

Well, I found out soon enough!

Building Tulips...in the sun

Building Tulips…in the sun…

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...and in the shade.

…and in the shade.

I have no idea of their name, but after shooting these extreme close-ups, I’ll simply call them “Blaze Tulips”!

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Wouldn't you agree...because they do look very fiery!

Wouldn’t you agree…because they do look very fire-like!

I came upon a bed of tulips…

...some veined with magenta, and others the deepest red...almost black...

…some veined with magenta, and others the deepest red…almost black…

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...so naturally, I had to photograph them and 'play' a bit...

…so naturally, I had to photograph them and ‘play’ a bit…

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...while looking deep inside...

…while looking deep inside…

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...to search the wonders I knew I would find.

…to search the wonders I knew I would find.

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A day early, I dedicate these images to all Mothers…past, present and future.

May you and children experience the greatest of all…LOVE!

Ever since I was a child…

…I have been fascinated by Tulips.

Of course, way back then, you rarely saw them in any color but red or yellow, unlike this particular beauty I found at a neighbor’s front yard about two hours ago:

The veining of pale magenta was so elegant, I decided to take a peek inside!

The veining of pale magenta was so elegant, I decided to take a peek inside!

So very entrancing, I just had to look into a few others!

So very entrancing, I just had to look into a few others!

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Photographing these really cheered me, as I’ve been battling an on-again/off-again cold for the past few days, and not getting enough rest because of it.

Today’s weather was quite glorious, but as usual, the wind is off the lake, making the temperature about ten to twelve degrees cooler than the seventy-some degrees F. Chicago experienced this afternoon.

Ah, Chicago…it can be 80 degrees F. during the day, and fall 40 degrees and more overnight!

 

Almost overnight!

The past 48 hours have been quite warm, with daytime temps in the 80s (F.), which really brought Spring early this morning.

These first two images are from my window…that gorgeous ‘Spring green’ color was not there last evening!

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As I walked up Sheridan Road (so happy I did NOT take the bus to my appointment!), this flower-covered tree really stood out!

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Trees are leafing out everywhere, though the Maples and Oaks are slower.  It is said there will be no more frosts once the leaves of the Maples have emerged…we’ll see!

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Here are some Tulips in-a-row.  If they look familiar, it’s because an image of the same row appears in the previous post (scroll down and check for yourself!), which I took about the same time just two days ago!

I kind of thought they’d be yellow!

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Hurray!

It’s May, and all those April showers we received certainly did the trick!

The neighborhood is abundant with colors!

Yellows, Oranges, Blues, Purples, Greens and Reds!

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Grape hyacinths

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Spring softness…

…in all its loveliness!

At one side of the building entry, a soft chartreuse...

At one side of the building entry, a soft chartreuse…

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...complemented by the same on the opposite side.

…is complemented by the same on the opposite side.

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Soft yellow Daffodils

Soft yellow Daffodils…

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...and a lone, creamy yellow Tulip

…and a lone, creamy yellow Tulip.