Monday, October 13, 2008

And to think I saw it all on State Street!

On Friday, greasy pilings flame bright at the side of the bridge . . .On Saturday, an exquisite giantess with a face two stories high peers out sadly from behind the thread-like bars of her newly unveiled prison of beauty . . .
And on Sunday, sweating, straining bodies, in an unending rainbow stream of day-glo color ritual run past the dead red fish, concrete cobs, and sacrifice house of the succulent flesh . . .
. . . while off to the side, on IBM Plaza, the youngest runner paces the race he creates out of his own imagination . . .

5 comments:

BWChicago said...

Ulta is this building, correct?
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/sullivan/morgen1.html
If so, it's an overall improvement, but I think that the ornament at the top might be the last bit of Louis Sullivan work on the building, and if so, I'm sorry to see it covered. Even if that wasn't Sullivan, it provided a tantalizing hint of what was lost in the original narrowing and refacing.

Anonymous said...

I wish they would've restored the building, if possible.

BWChicago said...

I don't think there's anything left to restore there. I'm pretty sure the building used to be considerably wider, too. But it's a little distressing that the upper floors are evidently not used for anything. It's less ugly now.

BWChicago said...

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/9046/beehivele8.jpg

This is what the ulta building looked like after Sullivan's renovation. As you can see, his work was mostly in the storefront and cornice; there would be little to restore and it is missing its southernmost two bays. I wish they had not covered up what remained, though.

BWChicago said...

Also a link to Lynn's earlier post is helpful in discussing the ornament: http://arcchicago.blogspot.com/2007/11/louis-sullivan-under-construction.html