Chicago's Historic Hyde Park

Chicago's Historic Hyde Park

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Stretching south from 47th Street to the Midway Plaisance and east from Washington Park to the lakea€™s shore, the historic neighborhood of Hyde Parka€”Kenwood covers nearly two square miles of Chicagoa€™s south side. At one time a wealthy township outside of the city, this neighborhood has been home to Chicagoa€™s elite for more than one hundred and fifty years, counting among its residents presidents and politicians, scholars, athletes, and fiery religious leaders. Known today for the grand mansions, stately row houses, and elegant apartments that these notables called home, Hyde Parka€”Kenwood is still one of Chicagoa€™s most prominent locales. Physically shaped by the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and by the efforts of some of the greatest architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuriesa€”including Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohea€”this area hosts some of the citya€™s most spectacular architecture amid lush green space. Tree-lined streets give way to the impressive neogothic buildings that mark the campus of the University of Chicago, and some of the Jazz Agea€™s swankiest high-rises offer spectacular views of the water and distant downtown skyline. In Chicagoa€™s Historic Hyde Park, Susan Oa€™Connor Davis offers readers a biography of this distinguished neighborhood, from house to home, and from architect to resident. Along the way, she weaves a fascinating tapestry, describing Hyde Parka€”Kenwooda€™s most celebrated structures from the time of Lincoln through the racial upheaval and destructive urban renewal of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s into the preservationist movement of the last thirty-five years. Coupled with hundreds of historical photographs, drawings, and current views, Davis recounts the life stories of these gorgeous buildingsa€”and of the astounding talents that built them. This is architectural history at its best.The family owned the house and coach house until 1958, when it was sold to the current owners. ... of blueprints for this house, including interior and exterior detailing, floor plans, wiring diagrams, and exterior elevations. ... On the South Side, Heun was commissioned by Albert H. Loeb, a lawyer and later the vice president and treasurer of Sears, Roebuck 81 Company, to design a house in Kenwood.85anbsp;...

Title:Chicago's Historic Hyde Park
Author:Susan O'Connor Davis
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2013-07-09


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