Monday, October 20, 2008
At 1233 N. Wells Street stands an old garage building, currently home to Grossinger City Toyota. It's a strange hybrid, mixing Gothic styling and with Art Deco ornamental detail freely.
Some of the ornament is emphatically Art Deco, with geometric stylization.
This bear with a coat-of-arms shield suggests more traditional, historically-styled ornament.
And the gargoyles at each corner are themselves hybrids, Gothic creatures with stylized Deco wings.
A quick web search indicates that the building was designed by Roy France. CityNews Chicago claims it was built in 1911. That might explain the seemingly tacked-on nature of its Deco details -- Art Deco wouldn't come into vogue for another fifteen years.