Buckingham Fountain Chicago Photographs


Marvelous Photograph of Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain lit up at dusk

Friedman Fine Art offers a marvelous selection of historical and contemporary photographs taken by Chicago photographers. In the center of Grant Park, Chicago, Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. It runs until 11 pm, from April to October, producing a major water display with a center jet that shoots 150 feet into the air. At dusk, the Fountain’s water display is accompanied by a light and music show. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with festival lights.

The fountain’s official name is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. On August 26, 1927, Kate Sturges Buckingham dedicated the structure to the people of Chicago in memory of her brother, Clarence. She donated one million dollars to the Fountain and established the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund to pay for its maintenance. The Fountain officially opened to the public on May 26, 1927.

The Buckingham Fountain consists of four basins composed of carved granite and pink Georgia marble. The bottom pool of the fountain is about 280 feet in diameter, with a 103-foot lower basin, a 60-foot middle basin, and a 24-foot upper basin.

Beaux arts architect Edward H. Bennett designed the Fountain with French sculptor Marcel Loyau and engineer Jacques H. Lambert. Its design was inspired by the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles. The Buckingham Fountain however, is twice the size and recirculates approximately three times more water than Latona Fountain.

The Fountain is considered Chicago’s front door, located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway. It symbolizes Lake Michigan and four sea horses on the structure represent the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, that border the lake.

In 1994, the fountain received about $2 million to restore its three smallest basins, which developed leaks due to Chicago’s winters. Recent renovation on the under drainage system, landscaping, lighting and bronze elements of Buckingham Fountain that began in September 2008 has not been completed due to lack of funds.

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The Baseball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park Vintage Chicago Photograph

Chicago Sports Photo

The original Comiskey Park, “The Baseball Palace of the World” is in the hearts of many Chicago White Sox fans to this day. Built in 1910 and turned into a parking lot of U.S. Cellular Field (formerly “New Comiskey Park”) in 1990, at the time of its demise it was the oldest park in Major League Baseball. It will always have iconic status as one of the ballparks during baseball’s glory days of the 1950s and 1960s, which saw the White Sox finish second for so many years behind the hated Yankees. The park was always recognizable with its unique Roman arches visible in the background of thousands of photos of major leaguers in the 20th century.

Comiskey Park was named after owner Charles Comiskey, who, while being a great ballplayer and instrumental force in early Major League Baseball, unfortunately was also a stingily owner who had his own player rebel against him in 1919 when the “Black Sox” threw the World Series, allegedly opting to accept more money from gamblers than they would have received as champions.

Other highlights of Comiskey Park include the first All-Star Game in 1933 and the 50th All-Star Game in 1950.

Unfortunately the White Sox didn’t have much success during the park’s lifespan. They won the World Series in 1917, and made it back in 1959, only to lose to the Dodgers.

At least White Sox fans who were patient another 15 years got to see the White Sox break their 88-year drought with a World Series Championship in 2005.

The Chicago River Locks Photograph on Lake Michigan Skyline

Building the Chicago River Locks 1937
Picture of the Building of the Chicago River Locks 1937

The Chicago River was awarded in 1999, by the American Society of Civil Engineers as a ‘Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium’. This man-made waterflow system was out of necessity as extreme weather of 1885 threatened the city’s water supply.

The source of the main water stem is from Lake Michigan to the Chicago River. These waters are maintained through various locks that are on the basin of the lake to the Mississippi river.

Other contributors to the water flow of the city are the many bridges and fountains that memorialize the founders and revolutionary visionaries that have made Chicago a remarkable city.

Although there have been periods of slight flooding and different pollutants that have interrupted the river flow, the city has recovered and have celebrated this engineering accomplishment with many celebrations on the Chicago River including “Mayor Daley’s Chicago River Fishing Festival” and also the dying of the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Sight-Seeing in Chicago – A view of Chicago’s Yesteryear

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Photo of Chicago Sight Seeing Bus from 1908

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Sight-seeing in Chicago is a must. If you are able to walk the historic streets of our beautiful city you will be able to see the rich history portrayed in the architecture and art that makes Chicago such an attraction to millions each year.Once belonging to the Algonquin Indians, the land that we know as the Chicago River began to be invaded by the French people and thence formed a treaty to live peacefully together. After seeing the onion plants that grew around the Chicago River, the French named the city Chicago after the french word shikaakwa, which means, “stinky onion”.

From there, wars and battles ensued and English migrants began moving in and creating trade and business. The city began to grow rapidly through the means of trade and port businesses and the discovery of rich, fertile lands south and west. Through the ports and canals, Chicago rose to popularity as well.

The fire of 1871 wiped out most of the original structures of that time because most everything was made of wood. When re-building the city, fire codes were put into place and the Jeffersonian grid city system was developed. From there, The World’s Colombian Exposition of 1893 drew in 27.5 million visitors affecting the art, architecture and design of the nation. From there, new technologies came into play including the skyscraper. Here is where the starting point of all the buildings came into full force using the newest technologies of the time.

Throughout the 19th and 21st centuries, this area of land has gone through wars and fires, floods and destruction, to the rise of skyscrapers and power. One of the top cities in the United States, Chicago is home to many diverse styles of art and architecture and people. It is a city to visit again and again.

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Find World Columbian Exposition Photographs

Columbian Expo
Vintage 1893 Chicago Louis Sullivan Golden Doorway – Transportation Exhibit Picture

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In honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus and his exploration of the Americas, Chicago celebrated his finding of America with World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 (also known as The Chicago World’s Fair) beating out other cities like New York and D.C. In preparation of the fair, many of the buildings were designed by Daniel Burnham in the neoclassical and Beau-Arts architectural styles and temporary.

Although the fairs celebratory opening festivities were held in 1892, the actual fair did not open until a year later in May of 1893. The exposition was held in Jackson Park (between 59th and 60th streets) and covered over 600 acres of land. With over 40 countries participating, the fair had many new and attracting exhibits such as the Ferris Wheel, a moveable sidewalk and an ice rail way. With over 716,000 people in attendance, the fair was successful to the city that a red star was added to the city’s flag.

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Marvelous Chicago River Photos for Sale

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Historical Frank L. Wright 1908-1909 Avery Coonley House Picture Copyright 2005 David R. Phillips

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“In breadth, length, height and weight, these buildings belonged to the prairie just as the human being himself belonged to it with his gift of speed. The term ‘streamlined’ as my own expression was then and there born. As a result, the new buildings were rational: low, swift, and clean, and were studiously adapted to machine methods.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright. from Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. p35 via http://www.greatbuildings.com/.

Like most of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, the Coonley house was influenced by nature and art. In collaboration with George Mann Niedecken the house was built in the classic Midwestern Prairie style architecture and ornamented with Niedecken’s decorative arts such as murals and textiles. Prairie style is characterized lots of flat surfaces and roofs and horizontal straight lines. Built in 1908, the home has a wood frame with stucco and emphasized with raised gardens. By the 1950’s the Coonley home was divided into three separate residences and sold with restorations later made in 2007. The homes are located in Riverside, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago.

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Chicago Wrigley Field Photographs – Sports Pictures

Chicago Sports PhotosFriedman Fine Art and http://www.chicago-photographs.com are pleased to present this wonderful historical black and white photograph of Chicago.

Pictured is vintage Wrigley Field circa 1914. Originally known as Weeghman Park (after its owner Charles H. Weegman), it is the second oldest baseball park in America after Boston ’s Fenway park that was constructed in 1912. Prior to Wrigley field becoming a baseball park it was the home of a seminary. Over the years many upgrades have been made to the park including the addition of almost 30,000 seats (its original seating capacity was 14,000) and lights in the late 1980’s in order to host night games. In the midst of all the upgrades, the original scoreboard still remains today with each scoring inning numbers changed by hand as well as the traditional “W” and “L” (win and loss) flags on top of the score board after each game.

The clubhouse’s first team was the Federals and when the Federals stopped playing due to financial issues, the Cincinnati Cubs were purchased and moved to Chicago. The park became Wrigley Field in 1916 after the Wrigley Family purchased and renamed it in honor of the new owner. The stadiums famous ivy-covered walls were a part of a beautification initiative by the 1937 Cubs General Manger Bill Veeck; the ivy is a mix of Boston Ivy and Bittersweet.

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Vintage 1910 Cook County Jail Photos

Chicago’s Cook County Jail Photos

Chicago Cook County Jail 1910 PictureFriedman Fine Art offers this gorgeous historical photograph of Cook County Jail located in Chicago, Illinois.

This vintage image is of inmates in 1910 at one of Chicago’s first correctional facilities. In the early 1800’s, Cook County Jail was originally known as the local Bridewell. Bridewell, a term taken from English culture, was initially the home of King Henry VIII, in 1555 it became a poorhouse and eventually became a jail. Prior to the “Bridewell” built in 1852, Chicago’s first jail in 1835 was very small in stature and made of wood due to the small local population and even lower crime rate. However, as the population grew, crime did as well and the wooden shack would no longer be sufficient. A slightly larger facility was constructed on Hubbard street for those who were awaiting trial for serious offenses while those who committed lesser offenses were detained at the Bridewell.

In Chicago’s quest to become the largest city in the world, the population grew larger and the Bridewell suffered over population leading to yet another facility move and rebuild at 26th and California where the buildings location has stayed. Over the years, the 26th and California location has seen an expansion and even has a criminal courthouse. The jail now spans 96 acres (a little over 8 city blocks) and is the largest in America with a daily population of 9,000 (women and men). In addition to this, the corrections facility has eight city blocks with divisions that cater to: health services, education, food, a commissary agency and four sheriff’s departments as well as a law library, chapel and visiting area. Some of its notable inmates include Richard Speck and Al Capone.

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The Drake Hotel Historical Pictures Chicago Illinois

Drake Hotel 1920’s

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When built in the 1920’s The Drake Hotel was constructed to historically stand apart from the rest. Designed by the architectural firm Marshall and Fox, the Drake Hotel was the first to have color television sets and air conditioning for each room. Some of the hotels notable guests include the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. This luxurious hotel provides not only luxury services but also luxury retail with in-house stores such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Chanel and Hildt Galleries.

Actor Peter Ustinov once said “Each step you take in the Drake Hotel is like walking on diamonds”. Following in their father’s hotelier footsteps, Drake brothers Tracy and John set out to create a building that would quote “inspire awe and emulation.” The final cost for the hotel (furnishings included) was $10 million and opened New Years Eve 1920 with a special gala. Four years later, The Drake accommodated the Prince of Wales upon his visit to Chicago. Since then, the hotel has traditionally been the destination of the British Royal Family for all of their visits to the Chicago.

Inspired by the High Renaissance Italian Palaces of Rome and Florence, the Drake Hotel stands 14 stories high made with smooth limestone.

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Photos of LaSalle Street Opera House Chicago Illinois

Historical LaSalle Opera House 1900s Picture

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The LaSalle Opera House was built and opened in 1910, and could seat a just under 800. The neoclassical styled LaSalle Opera House was closed 17 years later in 1927 only to be closed in the late 1940’s.

Located on the Madison and Clark street and meant for opera, the LaSalle Opera House facility began to show common theater programs, vaudeville acts and later became a movie house in 1927. In 1950 the theater was demolished for the Franciscan church St. Peter’s in the loop.

In Spring of 1950, the LaSalle Theatre was razed to make way for a new St. Peter’s Church, which relocated to the Loop, which is also home to 30 Franciscan friars who live above the church. St. Peter’s in the Loop, besides hosting classical concerts, is also known for its gorgeous stained-glass windows and the huge crucifix on its facade, overlooking Madison Street.

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