Fuji Astia 100, 10 March 2011


Being as old as it is, Chicago has quite a variety of buildings within it that date from various periods and exhibit a number of architectural styles…like this one!

Hass500CM CHI Astia100 SteubenClubBldg 01B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 250mm f/5.6 Sonnar
Film: Fuji Astia 100 (120)

This particular building is the (former) Steuben Club Building, which was completed in 1929 and designed by Vitzthum & Burns. Despite the date of completion, the building has no obvious Art Deco design features – though of course, the design would’ve been completed well prior to the date of completion, and while the Art Deco “movement” officially started with the 1925 exhibition, it would’ve taken time for the ideas from that exhibition to disseminate throughout the design community – remember, in the 1920s, telephone service was still not particularly widespread, and there was certainly no internet available! OTOH, Virzthum & Burns also designed an 1 North LaSalle, which was completed in 1930 and is clearly an Art Deco design, so perhaps, the design here was requested by the client.

The building itself features some very nice stone details, and one can see some hints of the sorts of setbacks that would become one of the hallmarks of 30s Art Deco in the upper floors.¬† I think the film did a good job of capturing the polychromatic nature of the various types of stone used, don’t you?



One Response to “Fuji Astia 100, 10 March 2011”

  1. […] Related to my previous post, because of the age of the city, some of the buildings in town have experienced some interesting […]

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