Adams & Dearborn: 130 Years of Architecture History

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Pulled from one of my Chicago Architecture Foundation tours (I'm a docent) and adapted for Project #8 in Toastmasters' Competent Communicator manual. This speech, by the way, was the last one... moving onto next TM level.

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Adams & Dearborn: 130 Years of Architecture History

  1. 1. 130 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE HISTORY ADAMS & DEARBORN STREETS INTERSECTION
  2. 2. 1872 1895 1959-74 2003 BERGHOFF MARQUETTE FEDERAL CENTER CITADEL
  3. 3. AN EVOLUTION OF ST YLE, DESIGN AND ECONOMIES OF SCALE.
  4. 4. ➻ TWO BUILDINGS (1871 & 1872) ➻ POST-FIRE CONSTRUCTION ➻ UTILITARIAN—LACKED AMENITIES
  5. 5. ➻ COMMERCIAL STYLE (fka“CHICAGO SCHOOL”) ➻ TRIPARTITE FACADE ➻ INTERNAL METAL SKELETAL FRAME MARQUETTE BUILDING HOLABIRD & ROCHE (1895)
  6. 6. ➻ MARQUETTE & JOLIET HISTORY ➻ HERMAN MCNEIL PANELS ABOVE ENTRANCE MARQUETTE BUILDING HOLABIRD & ROCHE (1895)
  7. 7. ➻ LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY MOSAICS ➻ HERMAN MCNEIL & EDWARD KEMMEYS SCULPTORS MARQUETTE BUILDING HOLABIRD & ROCHE (1895)
  8. 8. ➻ MID-CENTURY MODERN ➻ ”LESS IS MORE” ➻ “FLAMINGO”BY ALEXANDER CALDER FEDERAL CENTER LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE (1959-1974)
  9. 9. FEDERAL CENTER LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE (1959-1974) ➻ VOLUME + SIMILARITY ➻ VOID OF ORNAMENTATION ➻ EVERYTHING DERIVED FROM GRID
  10. 10. FEDERAL CENTER LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE (1959-1974) ➻ “I”BEAM TO CAST SHADOWS ➻ ICONIC BLACK COATED STEEL ➻ BRONZE TINTED WINDOWS
  11. 11. ➻ POST-MODERN (CONTEMPORARY) ➻ “LESS IS A BORE!” CITADEL CENTER DESTEFANO & BOFILL (2003)
  12. 12. ➻ LUXURIOUS MATERIALS ➻ RECOGNIZED FOR ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY CITADEL CENTER DESTEFANO & BOFILL (2003)
  13. 13. “ARCHITECTURE SHOULD SPEAK OF ITS TIME AND PLACE, BUT YEARN FOR TIMELESSNESS.” FRANK GEHRY

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