YashicaMat, 21 March 2011


Er, apparently, I’ve been a little lax in my posting habits over the past few days, so yet again, I have another backlog of photos to post! So, here goes…

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 DelawareBldg01B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: YashicaMat EM
Lens: Yashica Yashinon 80mm f/3.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

The subject of this photo is one of the few surviving buildings from the rebuilding period immediately following the Great Fire of 1871. This is the Delaware Building at the northeast corner of Dearborn and Randolph, and was completed in 1874; the original building was designed by Wheelock & Thomas, while a two-story addition was completed in 1888 and designed by Julius Huber. While buildings in this style were commonly built in cast iron in other parts of the country (most famously in New York City) around this time period, few examples survive in Chicago. While the building is constructed from a variety of materials (cast iron on the lower floors, precast concrete on the upper floors), and exhibits a number of different details, overall I think it works well. It’s certainly an interesting artifact from the building boom following the Great Fire.

Also of interest is that while the lower two floors are occupied by a McDonald’s, this particular one isn’t overly obnoxious about its presence; in fact, it is positively understated here. Given the gaudiness of most typical McDonald’s locations, the contrast here is definitely welcome.



One Response to “YashicaMat, 21 March 2011”

  1. […] Thomas) at the northesast corner of Dearborn and Randolph. I’ve written about this building before, though the camera I used for that photo was a squre-format TLR, so it showed a bit more context to […]

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