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Mention Victorian architecture and one inevitably imagines the ornate “painted ladies” of San Francisco, or the countless stately homes and inns of Cape May, NJ–visions of multi-colored fantastical homes with grand porches and soaring turrets come to mind. But the term really includes at least a half dozen different architectural styles from the late 19th century: Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Italianate, Gothic Revival, Beaux Arts, etc. After the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago went on a building boom and thousands of houses, apartments and commercial buildings were constructed. In spite of several bouts of urban renewal, a large percentage of these structures remain today and give Chicago a strong connection with its architectural past. One can encounter blocks and blocks of Victorian-era homes in several areas–Lincoln Park, Old Town, Wicker Park, Hyde Park–but they are really scattered throughout the city. These photos represent just a fraction of what an avid Victorian sleuth may find on their search for architectural treasures.
STOP THE PRESSES !!! (do they still say that?) Welcome to the premier posting of Chicago Daily Views, a visual and written chronicle of the Windy City, a.k.a., my kind of toddlin’ town with the big shoulders. I plan to focus primarily on my visual images, all things photographic, happenings in Chicago, and anything else that needs to see the light of day. In time you will find photos of Chicago skyline, beaches, restaurants, historic buildings, architecture, and everyday people. Comments are welcome… go to Chicago photographer web site
Last month approximately 20,000 people came to Grant Park to view the Marx Brothers’ “Duck Soup”. Mayor Daley is touting this and every other gathering of ten or more people as evidence that Chicago is capable of hosting the 2016 Olympics.