Architecture of Chicago

Members of the group were treated to a fascinating talk and slideshow by architect and group member Tony White, who had recently visited the Windy City. He explained that the city had been devastated by fire in 1871 and was rebuilt using innovative techniques paving the way for skyscrapers designed by architects of the stature of Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Holabird & Roche and others. He showed examples of Chicago’s renowned buildings in the Art Deco style and contemporary glass and steel structures. Of the districts illustrated the highlight was the suburb of Oak Park, home to over 20 buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1889-1913. Wright’s influential Robie House also featured in the presentation. A lively discussion followed the presentation, with one member speculating in the influence of Wright in the interiors of our own Hornsey Town Hall!