Saturday, March 29, 2008


Chicago has always had a penchant for doing things in bulk.

Clark Avenue commercial strip
Location: Clark Street, Andersonville
Probable date of construction: circa 1910

60s apartments
Location: Neva Avenue, Harwood Heights IL
Probable date of construction: circa 1965

Find a formula that works, then run with it!

The only substantial difference between the two is that one has commercial space at the ground level, and the other doesn't. Other than that, they're both mass-produced low-rise masonry buildings with ornament unique to their time period. One relies on the skilled masons common to its era; the other relies on the mass-production of clean, modern materials that characterized its time period. One is in the suburbs, and one is in the city; however, they could change places pretty easily.

They're both lovely in their way.

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