YashicaMat, 09 June 2011


See, I told you I had other photos to share…actually, these are also older photos that I’m just now getting around to posting.

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 Broadway&BrynMawrE01B

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 Broadway&WilsonN01B

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 CaloTheater01B

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 IllinoisBell01B

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 RiverNorth01B

Photo Information:
Camera: YashicaMat EM
Lens: Yashica Yashinon 80mm f/3.5
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Edgewater Neighborhood

The intersection of Broadway & Bryn Mawr, facing east from the southwest corner of the intersection. In the background is the Red Line Bryn Mawr stop, and beyond that the Belle Shore Hotel (the tower in the background); on the east side of the Red Line stop is the Bryn Mawr Historical District, mostly comprising the collection of buildings between here and Sheridan, a few blocks east of here.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood

I know the title of the image is “Broadway & Wilson,” but this is actually a bit north of Wilson – though I was standing just outside the entrance Wilson Red Line stop. Due to the irregular course of Broadway and the Red Line, this is where the Red Line crosses over Broadway and begins to run east of Broadway, instead of west.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Andersonville Neighborhood

The Calo Theater building, now a restaurant and a collection of small shops. According to information available on the internets, the building was completed in 1915; the website states that the style of the building is neoclassical, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch. I’m not entirely sure how to classify the style, but it certainly doesn’t exhibit too many obvious features of classical detailing. If this were the late Renaissance, I’d call it Mannerist, but perhaps the best way to categorize it is with the catch-all style, Eclectic – yes, there is such a style, and it’s exactly what it sounds like; mostly, architectural historians are openly disdainful of the style due to its perceived lack of rigor, which, I suppose, is true to some extent. OTOH, it does sometimes produce some interesting results….like this one!

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Near West Side

This building once housed the Monroe Office of Illinois Bell Telephone, now currently owned by AT&T; the building was completed in 1932 and designed by Holabird & Root. As with many Art Deco buildings here in Chicago, this building is fairly restrained, with relatively simple, low-relief decorative panels between the windows, and above the main entrance doors. This seems to be the prevalent standard for Art Deco buildings in Chicago – most of the exuberance in the exteriors is in low-relief sculptural panels, but not much in the way of polychromatic masonry and/or metal detailing. Perhaps, that’s why I’m so enamored of the Carbide & Carbon Building.

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; North Loop

This fine collection of buildings is located on the southeast & southwest corners of Michigan & Wacker. Immediately on the right is the London Guarantee & Accident Building (completed in 1923 and designed by Alfred S. Alschuler), while directly across the street on the east side of Michigan is 333 North Michigan (completed in 1928 and designed by Holabird & Root – and yeah, I know…very creatively named building); the shorter building south of 333 North Michigan is the Old Republic Building (completed in 1925 and designed by Vitzhum & Burns – presumably, it has no relation to the Old Republic of Star Wars, seeing as how the building pre-dates the films by several decades); east of 333 North Michigan is One Illinois Center (completed in 1970 and designed by the Office of Mies van der Rohe) – quite a typical Miesian design; south of the Old Republic Building, and also part of the Illinois Center development, are the Boulevard Towers (completed in 1985 and designed by Fujikawa, Johnson, & Associates – one of the successor firms to Mies’ office after his passing); the pointy building beyond Boulevard Towers is Two Prudential Plaza (completed in 1990 and designed by Loebl, Schlossman, & Hackl); east of Two Prudential Plaza is the Amoco Building, originally the Standard Oil Building, and now known as the Aon Center (completed in 1973 and designed by Perkins & Will, Associates). Man, that was quite a collection of buildings – not surprising, given how densely packed the buildings are in the Loop. Given the composition, you may have guessed that my favorite buildings in this collection are the first two; that said, this is an interesting collction of architectural styles, as well, running the gamut from Neoclassical (London Guarantee & Accident Building) to Art Deco (333 North Michigan) to Modernist (the Miesian designs) to Postmodernist (Two Prudential Plaza & the Amoco Building), and from the early 1920s to the 1990s.



One Response to “YashicaMat, 09 June 2011”

  1. […] posted a similar photo previously (from a different camera and film, in that case my YashicaMat EM and Fuji Neopan Acros 100, in 120 […]

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