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  • Capturing the architectural wonder of 'Columbus, Indiana'

    Capturing the architectural wonder of 'Columbus, Indiana'
    "As soon as you cross the Flatrock River, turn onto Washington Street and navigate toward downtown and the tall, chimney-like tower of First Christian Church, you know there is something odd about Columbus, Indiana. What is a masterpiece by the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen doing in this small and tidy Midwestern city that bobs on a sea of corn?"
  • A guide to walking tours in Chicago, Evanston

    A guide to walking tours in Chicago, Evanston
    How many times has this happened to you? You're taking out-of-town visitors around the Loop or another popular neighborhood, and they point to a building you've seen thousands of times before and ask "What's that?" You hem and haw while your credibility...

    Jack Train, 1922-2014

    Jack Train, 1922-2014
    Jack Train, a managerial mastermind who ran one of Chicago's major architectural firms and had a hand in some of the most revered postwar buildings designed here, died Monday, March 17, at his home in Barrington. Mr. Train was 91. The cause of death was...

    Natalie de Blois dies at 92; pioneering female architect

    Natalie de Blois dies at 92; pioneering female architect
    Natalie de Blois' pioneering path through the male-dominated world of architecture was laden with sexist barriers. Despite her status as an associate partner at the Chicago powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1960s, de Blois invariably was left...

    Commentary: Newport-Mesa architecture is unimaginative

    Nearly 40 years ago, I interviewed Newport Beach architect William Ficker and asked why most of the major buildings in the Newport-Mesa area lacked strong architectural design. Ficker's answer was that it requires a mature community to accept strong...