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Architecture of Illinois

18 September 2009

1908 – Unity Temple, Oak Park, Chicago

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright In 1905, after the original Unity Church burned down, the Unitarian congregation of Oak Park, Illinois turned to architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design them a new structure. There...

17 September 2009

1898 – Frank Lloyd Wright House & Studio, Oak Park, Chicago

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright This was the Wright family residence from 1889 to 1909. Wright began the construction of this house in 1889 shortly after his marriage, using $5,000 borrowed from Louis Sullivan....

17 September 2009

1940s – Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

In 1938, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began his 20-year tenure as director of IIT’s School of Architecture (1938-1959). The university was on the verge of building a brand new campus, to be...

17 September 2009

1956 – Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago

Architect: Mies van der Rohe Widely regarded as one of the most architecturally significant buildings of the 20th Century, Crown Hall was completed in 1956 during Mies van der Rohe’s tenure as director...

17 September 2009

1952 – Chapel of Saint Savior / Robert F. Carr Chapel, IIT, Chicago

Architect: Mies van der Rohe The chapel is Mies’s only building designed for religious services. Unique among the single-story pavilions on campus, the chapel has load-bearing brick walls, not a steel frame.

17 September 2009

1946 – Wishnick Hall / Chemistry Building, IIT, Chicago

Architect: Mies van der Rohe Originally used as the Chemistry Building, Wishnick Hall is currently undergoing redevelopment as an advanced IT centre. This redevelopment will allow important upgrading of services and the restoration...

17 September 2009

1951 – Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois

Architect: Mies van der Rohe Designed and built from 1946 to 1951, Farnsworth House is considered an icon of international style architecture in America. The steel and glass house was commissioned by Dr....

02 August 2009

1873 – New Goverment Buildings, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Alfred B. Mullett Design for a Federal building containing Custom House, Court House and Post Office. Most of Mullett’s plan was constructed with a simpler roofline. The eventual building was constructed largely...