Krause Music Store, 21 February 2011

2011/02/21

The former Krause Music Store building would be a fairly unremarkable two-story storefront / upper apartment were it not for one thing: the façade was designed by Louis Sullivan, and the latter was a giant in Chicago’s early architectural history.

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Ravenswood Neighborhood (Lincoln Square)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX; 85mm f/1.8 (2 & 3); 35mm f/1.8 DX; 60mm f/2.8 Micro (5 & 6)
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid (Black & White conversion in post-processing)

Completed in 1922, this façade design was Sullivan’s last commission, though he certainly was still in top form when he designed this one. Sullivan worked out of an office at the American Terra Cotta Company, which was quite fortuitous, as the latter’s assistance (in particular, one of their modelers, Kristian Schneider) would have been very helpful in executing all of Sullivan’s ornate decorative designs. It is also here that one can appreciate Sullivan’s consummate design skills: not only did he design the overall façade, but he also designed the complex organic motifs that accented the façade (as he did with most of his projects, including his more well-known ones in the Chicago Loop and elsewhere). Attention to the “big picture” is absolutely necessary, but as Sullivan’s work illustrates, attention to detail can also make (or break) a project.

Enjoy.

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One Response to “Krause Music Store, 21 February 2011”


  1. […] if you’re interested in some of the history of the building, check out my previous posts (Krause Music Store & Mundelein […]


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