Monday, September 05, 2011

for Labor Day: The Architecture of Chicago's Unionville

(from 2010): Chicago has always been a strong union town. The story's told that it was a wildcat bricklayer's strike that sent William Le Baron Jenney home so early one day that his shocked wife absent-mindedly parked the heavy book she was reading atop a birdcage. The major saw the weighty volume supported on that minimal skeleton of thin metal, and - voila! - the idea of the steel frame skyscraper was born. (When the legend becomes fact, print the legend . . . )

In the early decades of the last century, a section of the West side north of Jackson and on either side of Ashland became home to a large number of union . . . (read the rest and see all the photo's, here.)

4 comments:

QRBNST said...

your jump page does not exist

Lynn Becker said...

it does now. thanks for the correction.

Connaught Hotel said...

Great story on Labor Day..

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