Now and Then – Ravenswood Gardens, Chicago. Old brick street marker at the Southeast corner of Wilson and Rockwell, Chicago.
Old brick street marker at the Northeast corner of Wilson and Rockwell.
Old brick street marker at the northeast corner of Rockwell and Eastwood.
Old brick street marker at the Southeast corner of Eastwood and Rockwell, Chicago.
Old brick street marker at the Southwest corner of Eastwood and Rockwell.
Old brick street marker at the Southwest corner of Wilson and Rockwell.
Old brick street marker at the Northwest Corner of Wilson and Rockwell.
Southwest corner of Wilson and Rockwell.
Old brick marker at the Southwest Corner of Windsor and Rockwell.
Old brick street marker at the Northwest Corner of Windsor and Rockwell.
Fifteen brick structures mark the entrance to the streets of this 100+ year-old neighborhood near the river. These sentinels stand in pairs, trios or quartets along Rockwell between Montrose and the el tracks at Rockwell. Some have planters on top, others a concrete ball resembling a bed knob. They mark the streets of Ravenswood Gardens, a community planned in 1909 by William Harmon. Photographed on film with a Seagull and a Rolleicord. Now and Then – Ravenswood Gardens, Chicago
At this year’s Open House Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, I went to see the interiors of buildings not normally open to the public. And what struck me most were the rich details…the ornate little extras, little treats for the eyes built in to the old spaces.
Whatever happened to those days of craftsmanship? When those little flourishes mattered? Now it seems that buildings are mundane. Character has disappeared in favor of efficiency, productivity, mass production and bottom lines.
It’s a Burton Holmes quote, said about his Travelogues over 100 years ago. How I ache to go when I look through his book of hand-tinted slides from another time, another place…his many Grand Tours of the world followed by “magic lantern” tours of tales. It was a different world back then.
Redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants, California. 2011.
Long Live the Record Store! Chicago, 2012.
Gentoo Penguins. Barrentos / Aitcho Island, Antarctica. 2007.
Lamare Channel Antarctica, 2007
Detail of a 29 mile long, 8 mile wide Iceburg lodged against an island in Antarctica. 2007.
Mixed-media Swings at the Wilson County Fair
A gondolier looks back. Venice, Italy, 2009
Turkey Door #12, 2003.
Balloon Below, Turkey, 2003
Mixed media of Prague’s curlicues and golden light. Prague, Czech Republic 1998.
Eiffel Tower in the Spring, Paris, France, 1997.
Dome of the Rock and Laundry seen from Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter. 2008
Boy in street, Muslim Quarter, Jerusalem. 2008.
Ireland’s West Coast, 1992.
Iceland Farmhouse, 1999.
Havana’s Rooftops, Cuba, 2010.
Good morning Havana. Sun streams down the streets of old Havana, Cuba. 2011
The magic island of Easter… Easter Island Moai, 2007
The magic island of Easter… Easter Island Rain, 2007