Highlighting the diverse range of architectural influences that shaped the construction of Chicago’s Greystones, here are 10 flavors of limestone-constructed cornices just from the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale.
The sharp eyed photographers and writers at Chicago Patterns, a blog we love for their attention to the details that make our city’s neighborhoods so great, have put together a great “tour” of the greystones around 43rd and King Drive in Bronzeville. Click on the photo above and take a few minutes to visually stroll the historic and contemporary images they gathered of one of our favorite clusters of greystones in Chicago.
Urban planners understand that cities thrive when we find new uses for old buildings. Much less attention is paid to the fate of timeworn restaurants and bars, apart from the handful whose architectural interest has earned them landmark protection. Yet some of us spend more hours — many, many more hours — eating and drinking in our favorite restaurants and bars than we do staring up at Louis Sullivan cornices. Though privately owned, these places become hubs of civic life. In some cases, the bond we share with them is so strong we feel as if they belong to us.