Conservatory, 26 October 2010

2010/10/26

Hey look! A gigantic glass roof!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid

This particular glass roof [1] is part of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which is located, oddly enough, in the middle of Lincoln Park. Okay, maybe not so odd…and it’s closer to the south end than to the middle, but you get the idea. Again, according to the AIA Guide to Chicago, [2] this conservatory was completed in 1894, and designed by Joseph Lyman Silsbee. The conservatory is, like all the other parks in the city, administered by the Chicago Parks District, and admission is free [3] – which is quite nice for me, since, well. I don’t have a great deal of disposable income, so free is certainly nice. Oh, and it’s also climate controlled, so I suspect it’ll be quite nice in there during the brutal winter.

Architecturally speaking, I like the ways that the various roof geometries intersect, as well as the overall shape of the same. The shapes of the roof structures are also  a bit more decorative than purely functional, which doesn’t much bother me in this case, as the one characteristic does not interfere with the other. And let’s face it…these types of buildings were built without the aid of computers or advanced engineering or materials science. That’s gotta count for something, right?

Enjoy.

Notes:

[1]: Okay, okay…glass and metal.

[2]: If you’re at all interested in the history of Chicago’s impressive architectural offerings, this is a good book to have around – I may have already mentioned this, but it bears repeating. While it doesn’t have the wealth of information that a true subject-specific architectural history book might possess, it is useful enough for those with a casual interest in the topic.

[3]: Strictly speaking, this isn’t entirely the case, since the Chicago Parks District, like all other municipal departments, is taxpayer-funded. So, in effect, we’re all paying for admission every year, regardless of whether or not we partake. TANSTAAFL.

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