Monday, September 13, 2010
The painted concrete artistry of Jerome Soltan
6201 N. Kenmore
6011 N. Winthrop
I have a deep, dark, dirty, dangerous secret to share with you all:
I like the Four-Plus-One.
There, I said it! I said it and I'm proud! I'm not taking it back!
5617 N. Kenmore Ave.
5940 Kenmore Avenue - "Thorndale Beach West" - probably Jerome Soltan
Why do I like them? Well, c'mon. How could anybody not like buildings with entrances like these?
1060 W. Hollywood Avenue - Jerome Soltan
6110 N. Kenmore Avenue
6250 N. Kenmore - the same design as 6110 Kenmore
I don't have an architect's name for the vast bulk of these buildings, but when I do, it's almost always Jerome Soltan. Somewhat infamous as the original and most proliferate developer of the Four-Plus-One apartment building, Soltan distinctive style is stamped on nearly every 4-Plus-1 in the area south of Loyola University, where most of these buildings are located. He may or may not have designed them all, but his influence can be seen in every one.
5411 N. Winthrop Avenue
Need I point out the delightful creativity of the entryways? Love 'em or hate 'em, they're certainly expressive.
Obviously, some of them crop up more than once. Soltan wasn't at all ashamed to recycle his designs, just so long as they weren't on the same block.
5620 N. Kenmore - "The Chalet" (of course it is!) - Jerome Soltan
5450 N. Winthrop Ave. - presumably Jerome Soltan again
6134 N. Kenmore Ave
6972 N. Sheridan Road - Jerome Soltan
6246 N. Kenmore - Canisius Hall, Loyola University - again, presumably Jerome Soltan
5851 N. Winthrop
6610-6628 N. Sheridan
6825 N. Sheridan - Jerome Soltan
6307 N. Winthrop Avenue - Xavier Hall, Loyola University
6128 N. Kenmore
6011 N. Kenmore
5953 N. Kenmore (left) and 5949 N. Kenmore (right - "Thorndale Beach East", Jerome Soltan
6030 N. Kenmore
5833 N. Kenmore