COLLECTIONS: ROSE PAINTINGS, ETC.

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My main collection, outside of books, is anything lily of the valley.  I don’t wear the fragrance, although I love it, nor do I adorn myself with jewelry embellished with the floral, I only collect pretty objects, paintings, etc….well that isn’t what I am posting today and it will have to be more than one post there are so many pieces!  No today, continuing our flower theme of this week, I wanted to share my rose paintings and a couple pieces of embroidery with you.

As I mentioned in a previous post my garden, thanks to my Mother, was filled with roses mostly old fashion heirloom or tea roses, my favorite, Tiffany it blooms all summer and is not only beautiful in bud but continues to open exquisitely and the fragrance, to die for!  We always had fresh flowers from the garden in our home and I often brought them to work for small luncheons or teas as well as for my desk.  Combined with the other flowers from Mom’s, English inspired, garden, the arrangements were quite lavish, I really miss having a garden to pick long stem flowers so I have to settle for a painting or two as well as some Victorian and Asian floral embroideries or indulge myself when I am invited to friends homes in the country that have lovely gardens and I can gather a few for myself.

imageThis lovely watercolor was one of the first paintings my dear friend, Ciel Grossman, (almost a second mother!) painted when she retired as Sophie Gimbel’s representative.  We became “family” almost immediately when we first met, at the beginning of my career, when she brought the Sophie Collections to Chicago three times a year, each time for a week.  I have several of her paintings and, of course, treasure each.  Most of my art is either by my Father, some of which I have shared with you…more to come, given to him by his co-workers when he retired from his ad agency, pieces Mom and I got together and now things that I have acquired through the years.  Each means something to me, I think that is what art should be, perhaps recalling a time when you purchased it or the conversation you had with the artist or antique vendor, where you were traveling at the time, etc.

imageI am crazy mad for this piece, it is a huge Victorian pillow…the centerpiece is a layered embroidery (not stumpwork) in velvet and silk threads on a field of very dark, almost black, green velvet hand stitched on an apricot gathered silk base. I would call it a “boudoir pillow” and as such, I have it on my French daybed which is covered in a collection of eclectic pillows and paisley throws!  I got it a million years ago at an antique show.

imageAnother watercolor, I purchased at an antique shop in Geneva, Illinois (no longer there!) it sits on top of a pile of books (of course, it does!!!) near my TV so I look at it all the time. Very old and framed in a narrow gold frame.

imageA close up of a small silk Spanish shawl with all over silk embroidery that resides on the back of one of my dining chairs.  It was a true find at the Randolph Street Market, which by the way, is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26 from 10 to 5.  The monthly Market is written on my calendar as soon as the year’s dates are posted and always has something you must add to your collections, I know I always find something! http://www.randolphstreetmarket.com.

imageAnother Randolph Street Market find.  I have left it unframed, I like the raw look of just having the canvas wrapping around the frame.  This one is oil on canvas.

I do have other flower pieces but thought I would concentrate on my roses today.  I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do!

 

WEDNESDAY MUSINGS: CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW 2017

imageA charming vignette at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.  I want to have this in my backyard…oh wait, I don’t have a yard!!!

Not a lot of words today (aren’t you happy to hear that!) just some photos I took at the opening night party for this year’s Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Chicago’s Blooming,  presented by Mariano’s at Navy Pier which runs through Sunday, March 26.  Mark your calendar for next year’s Show, Flowertales, March 14 through 18 at Navy Pier http://www.chicagoflower.com it is always a bright spot after our winter while looking for those first blooms to appear in our gardens and in all our wonderful outdoor spaces in Chicago.

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All the above images are in a massive display by Mariano’s, it truly takes your breath away and much of it you can purchase and make your own bit of floral heaven in your home.

imageMost of the gardens have experts to give you advice on how to plant and care for your plants as well as displaying many varities for the first time.

imageI love hydrangeas and am fortunate to have friends who give me bouquets that dry exquisitely for display in my home.

imageThis year’s Show had several waterfalls love this look and what a great idea for an outdoor space whether big or small!

imageHere are two examples both look quite large in these photos but are easily adaptable for a small space.

imageI’ll end today’s post with a watercolor painting done many years ago by a dear friend, Ciel Grossman, her ode to Raoul Dufy.  I adore it and it is a prelude to tomorrow’s post, yet more flowers, this time featuring some of my rose paintings and embroideries.  Until then enjoy this week’s recipe.

From Nena’s Recipe Box

Curried Fruit Bake

1/3 cup butter

1 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar

4 teaspoons curry powder (I usually add a bit more, do to your taste)

1 No. 1 tall can pear halves

1 No 1 tall can cling peaches

1 No 1 tall can apricot halves

1 No 2 can pineapple chunks

10 maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 325º.  Melt butter, add sugar and curry.  Drain (save juices for a smoothie or cocktail) and dry fruit, place in 1 1/2 quart casserole, add butter mixture. Bake for 1 hour.  I usually serve it with baked ham (great for Easter Sunday), could go well with leg of lamb, poultry…I wouldn’t mind it next to my meatloaf!.  Reheats well in a 350º oven.  Be sure to refrigerate leftovers, if there are any!!!  Can be made the day before serving, refrigerated and reheated.  The recipe says is will serve 12…good luck with that’ It is really yummy.

 

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS: FLOWERS AND GARDENS

imageA very small sampling of my flower and garden book collection.

Since this is the first week of Spring the week’s theme is flowers and gardens….there are SO MANY great books on the subject I will cover just a small sampling.  You by now know how much I love historical fiction about “real” people so let’s start there.

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These two books, by the prolific Philippa Gregory, tell the story of the influential English gardener, John Tradescant, which details his connections with royalty and the beginnings of magnificent gardens in seventeenth century England and continues with his son’s voyage to the New World.  Both stories are told as only Gregory can.  I was truly enchanted with both but preferred Earthly Joys.  Both are very long engaging stories and a time I will need to read more about.  The English have a love, like no one else, except perhaps, the French, for their gardens.  Here you can read about the beginning of the great estates and ALL that is involved in the construction and “architecture” of this art form along with the turbulent politics of the time…really good reads. I’m sure there are many other fictionalized books on gardening…please share your favorites.

I can’t think of any other author/arbiter of good taste to feature with some of the most magnificent books on flowers and gardens…Carolyne Roehm would be that person. I had the extreme pleasure of working with her when she presented her exquisite ready-to-wear collection for a fashion show benefit in Chicago many years ago.  A more charming, talented person one could not meet.  Years later, Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago, was asked to underwrite the opening keynote luncheon for the Chicago Botanic Garden Antique and Garden Show http://www.chicagobotanic.org and Carolyne was the speaker.  I was invited to sit at her table and was totally taken by surprise that she remembered working with me on her fashion show!  She was gracious, an excellent speaker and also did a fascinating floral demonstration, as I recall using masses of red carnations for one of her sensational arrangements.  The luncheon was a wall to wall sell out and the audience adored her, why not, her talent is extraordinary.  All I can say is if you don’t have ALL of her books you must order them immediately, the photography is out of this world and the copy is enchanting.  Not all are on flowers and gardens but each does include them in some way.  Here are some of the ones I have chosen to share with you…enjoy!

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There are four volumes in this series representing the four seasons, I am featuring the Spring Notebook.

I would also recommend any books you can find on Sissinghurst…I was fortunate to visit the Gardens there several years ago.  Of course, I had read reams about the Gardens, but words and pictures can not describe them as they really are, magnificent to say the very least!  Capability Brown must be added to your list of quintessential English gardeners, how could we leave him out…not possible! Is there a fictionalized version of his life, that would be fabulous, let me know if you know of one. And, of course, Gertrude Jekyll, the book you see in my stack at the top of this post was written by a Jekyll scholar who happened to be sailing on the Queen Mary 2 when I was (you can rest assured that there will be a future post on this once in a lifetime trip, loved everything about it!!!), I was seated with him and his wife and we were chatting (I had no idea who he was) when he informed me that he would be speaking on the crossing, actually the day that we were sharing a meal…he was a total joy to know and listen to…luckily for me the book was being sold on board (of course it was!) and he signed it for me.  An excellent book on this superbly talented gardener.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some flower and garden books that have engaged me.  My Mother, Ruth, was the gardener in the family she had a green arm, everything she planted grew beautifully for her (we had over 200 rose bushes in our tiny garden along with other cottage garden flowers, many were old fashion English roses she got from sources before David Austin came to the States, she would have been in Rose Heaven, but, of course, she is!!!)…it was her hobby and her joy.  I chose to bask in the sun and read, now I wish I had a plot of land to dig in, oh well, I’ll have to content myself with visiting gardens and read about them instead!

PROFILE: PETRA SLINKARD

imagePetra Slinkard, Curator of Costume, Chicago History Museum.

Today’s profile is all about Petra Slinkard, Curator of Costume, Chicago History Museum. It is always interesting, to me, how one makes friends.  Quite often, at least with me, you can know someone for years and not become good friends, while other people you meet once and know right away that you will become close friends…it is a mystery to me!  Well, this is exactly what happened when Petra came to the Chicago History Museum http://www.chicagohistory.org.  We not only worked together, I was then the President of the Costume Council, but also became friends and have shared many a giggle, a glass or two of wine along with discussions on our mutual passion, fashion and, of course, the Costume Collection. In addition, Petra is on the Board of Directors of the Costume Society of America, an organization we both hold dear!  For more information http://www.costumesocietyamerica.com

imageGetting the giggles while doing a photo shoot (one of many!) for the Chicago History Museum’s Costume Collection Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile exhibition sponsored by the Costume Council, with my Bonnie Cashin aqua outfit and Abra Wilkin’s Adolfo red gown, both were included in the exhibition.

I greatly admire her knowledge of the history of costume along with her willingness to learn more and explore our vast world of costume and how it relates to each time period as well as how to present it in the here and now!  Her current exhibition The Making of Mainbocher, which I have reviewed in depth in previous posts, and it’s accompanying catalog (the first monograph on this fascinating designer) has been drawing rave reviews from the press and the public alike. Now let’s hear a portion of Petra’s taped interview, we will hear more in a future post.

imagePetra doing a television interview about the Making Mainbocher exhibition some of the mannequins as the backdrop during set-up of the exhibition.

We sat down for a chat and Petra kindly answered my questionnaire.

When did you know what you wanted to do?

I wanted to be a variety of things I wanted to be a lawyer in third grade I thought it was glamorous and saw lawyers on television and liked everything about it especially the power. In my teens when my fascination with clothing began and I started thinking about style and how I dressed and what I wore. My Mother, Grandmothers, and older sisters were very stylish and I would watch that whole “tribe” get ready and was fascinated by it.

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Dressed in Dutch costume, with Mom (sitting on her lap) aunt, cousin and both grandmother’s in the Netherlands. Early 1980s

I wouldn’t qualify myself as very “girly” as a child but I grew to realize it was important in how you presented yourself in society. Then when I went to college I started thinking about my career choices, I wanted to be a detective or in law enforcement (Nena…did you think you were Nancy Drew?) I don’t know, maybe, I watched a lot of Murder She Wrote, the curiosity of it and the questions intrigued me. I feel that curiosity brought me to where I am.  I really didn’t know what I wanted to do but wanted to take the time to explore other areas of education.  I took a variety of classes from interior design to art history to the physics of sound to Roman and Classical Literature looking for a variety of ways to get involved.  Eventually, I realized that the theme was culture and arts driven.  I explored being a costume designer for the stage, I worked very hard at it in school and was involved with some student productions and worked my way up and became the head costumer for the  Student UnionLeague. It was a tremendous experience and I really enjoyed it.  It was a lot of work but looking back on it, it prepared me to work with a large group of eclectic people on a very small budget and making something happen.  And so, that making something happen in producing a “product of sorts” got me very excited.  My sophomore year I  realized that I could no longer ignore my affinity for fashion, and I began taking costume history classes.  I really wanted to try design but the program I was in was full and life has a way of making decisions for you so instead of going the independent study route which would have made me be a fashion design major I went into merchandising and again, in retrospect, I really enjoyed the business side not realizing how much I would use those experiences now.  Long story short…I ended up volunteering in the University’s costume collection (Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, the Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection, see photo below http://www.indiana.edu/-sage.coll).

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        Photo taken by Nena Ivon

And one of the first collections I worked on was the Bill Blass Retrospective that they mounted and it was a great experience.  I was moving boxes from one corner to another and combing sequins under the direction of Michael Vollbracht. (Nena’s note, this Exhibition was underway when Bill Blass passed away. The exhibition and book that accompanied the exhibition were organized by my mentor and former boss, Helen O’Hagan, one of Bill’s closest confidants, and the designer and artist, Michael Vollbracht, I will profile him in a later post.  It was a very emotional experience for me when I saw the superb exhibit, Bill had been one of my dear designer friends and was always there for me, yet another post!))

http://www.indiana.edu/~sagecoll/data/modules/albums/pages_admin/albums_getimage.php?image=Bill%20Blass/image5.jpgFrom the Bill Blass Exhibition photo credit not available 

It was a fantastic experience in the Art Museum which was different from the other campus venues we had worked on before.  It was very valuable to see all the different parts of the puzzle.  So that is when I got hooked, I knew that working with old things, which I had been attracted to since I was a child, I was always collecting things from my relatives when then were tossing them out building my own collection and asking about their stories. From there I went to the Indianapolis Art Museum (more on this and her journey to CHM in a future post on exhibitions)


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From the Indianapolis Museum of Art 2013 Exhibition An American Legacy which featured Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Halston and Stephen Sprouse from Petra’s tenure at the Museum.

imageThe current Chicago History Museum Exhibition Making Mainbocher

What would your alternate career path have been:

Gardening in some form would like to own a greenhouse along with a bed and breakfast, create travel package experiences, teach or produce fashion shows.

imageIn storage showing a Christian LaCroix garment from the Costume Collection to a guest designer

Hobbies:

Gardening, jogging, biking, cooking, being with family and friends

Home, what style:

Eclectic, random bits of very expensive along with crates covered in fabric, art from family and friends, lots and lots of plants

Favorite Book(s)

Greek Mythology actually took classes in summer school on the subject

Shakespeare

The Good Earth, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Richard Bradigan books, Classics such as Great Expectations

Poetry especially British poetry

(Was reading The Paris Wife and Loving Frank in tandem when interview was conducted)

Favorite Movie(s)

Most of all, I love Independent Films, I watch movies like crazy!! Woody Allen films, also have watched Grease and The Breakfast Club over and over. Staying Alice,  I enjoy films that are challenging, make me think and give me a different perspective!

Favorite Music:

Jazz, Funk and Soul, Motown, Classic Rock, Chopin, and Beethoven, I collect vinyl!

Theater in order:

Musical Theater, Ballet, Legitimate Theater, Symphony, Opera

Favorite type of food:

In order…Tacos, Thai, Indonesian, Italian and Pizza

Favorite Chicago Restaurants:

Girl and the Goat, Siena

Guests at your Fantasy Dinner Party

Hedy Lamarr

Frank Sinatra

Franco Moschino

Sarah Vaughn

Benny Goodman

Barbra Streisand

Woody Allen

Henrik Ibsen

Milan Kundera

Michelle Obama

Gloria Steinem

Petra Slinkard

Menu: Indoisisan Corn Fritters, because they are a build it yourself meal (recipe to be in a future post!), side of mashed potatoes and either pecan or sugar cream pie.

Favorite vacation spot and where you would like to go:

Upstate Michigan Dunes more for the experience of who I was with as well as a mini-van trip with family in Europe.  To visit, Greece, Budapest, Laos, and Argentina.

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With FashioNext students in the gallery of Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile (2015). One of Petra’s favorite things is working with students and giving them information on the history of the designers and their creations.

Favorite Chicago Street Art:

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The  ever-changing murals on the front of Mott Street Restaurant photo credit unknown

How do you want to be remembered:

Who loved the people that she loves. Worked hard and gave it everything she had!

imageGetting ready to attend one of the Chicago History Museum’s The Last Speakeasy events

Thank you, Petra, for sharing your story with us…with more to come in future posts.  You give 1000% to everything you do and obviously relish the experience. It is always a pleasure to spend time with you whether asking questions or sharing a meal, a film or just good conversation. You have found your perfect career, continue to enjoy the adventure!

All photos unless otherwise noted courtesy of Petra Slinkard 

FASHION FUTURE: FENDI FALL 2017

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Last week I know I gave you a bit of a sneak peak at the upcoming FENDI Fall 2017 Collection to be hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue, now, here are all the details (I guess in today’s speak it is all the “deets”!!!!, one needs to be up on the lingo!) You are getting the Save The Date information first!!!!

Here is a bit of background on FENDI and a small look at the Fall 2017 Collection, which in my opinion, is a collection filled with new exciting must have pieces. I know you will agree.

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The house of Fendi was launched in 1925  in Via del Plebiscito, Rome. As in most Italian Fashion Houses, the brand has been family generated and the Fendi sisters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla & Alda, carried on the tradition of superb craftsmanship. In 1965 Karl Lagerfeld joined the company to became the Creative Director for Fur and also for Women Ready-to-Wear (launched in 1977). Silvia Venturini Fendi, daughter of Anna, joined in 1994 and is the Creative Director for Accessories and Men’s lines. Since 2001, Fendi became a multinational luxury fashion brand and a member of the LVHM group. One can’t be truly fashionable without the signature FENDI handbag!  And after you see the new Fall 2017 Collection you won’t feel fashionable without a piece or two or more (who’s counting!!!) of this fabulous ready-to-wear collection to add to your wardrobe.

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EVENT AND TRUNK SHOW DETAILS:

Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago presents a private cocktail reception and preview of the FENDI Fall 2017 Collection on Monday, April 24 from 6 to 8 at The Museum of Contemporary Art at 230 East Chicago Avenue which will benefit A Better Chicago (100% of the proceeds will benefit A Better Chicago). The event is hosted by Amy Everard, Shannon Schuyler, and Trisha Rooney.  Tickets are $400 for front-row seating and $150 for general seating, limited seating is available. Please RSVP by Monday, April 10 at http://www.abetterchicago.org/events.

A Better Chicago mission: “Our mission is to dramatically improve educational opportunities for low-income Chicagoans by investing in the most effective schools and programs in our region.”

You can view the FENDI Fall 2017 Collection when it is presented on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 from 12 to 5 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 North Michigan Avenue, Designer on Two. For more information, please call 312.799.5311 or email  katie_stickles@s5a.com

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COLLECTIONS: TIFFANY STAINED GLASS

imageAnother of my favorite books Clara and Mr. Tiffany.. It not only tells a fascinating story of females in a very male profession but gives you an insight into the wonderful world of Tiffany Glass, in this instance the lamps. I am a huge fan of anything Susan Vreeland http://www.svreeland.com writes…more please.

This post in continuing my architecture theme this week by featuring some of the wonderful Tiffany Stained Glass pieces we are fortunate to have in Chicago.  There are a lot, therefore, I will only cover a few today…of course, there will be more in upcoming posts.

First up, the Tiffany glass window housed in the Chicago Rooms at the Chicago History Museum http://www.chicagohistory.org  I could, and do, stare at this for very long periods of time.  This piece is from the William Wrigley Collection. There are other examples of stained glass windows in the Chicago Rooms but not Tiffany.

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Two of my most favorite pieces are not windows, they are domes.  First up the incredible dome in Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center…nothing could be more beautiful and to think the building was set for demolition when Eleanor “Sis” Daley, then first lady of Chicago, stood in front of the demolition team and said no way is this building going anywhere…what a disaster that would have been.  This dome, the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world, is one of the many treasures to be found in this landmarked building (I recommend you go to http://www.cityofchicago.org for further information).  The dome was originally put into place in 1897 when the building was the Chicago Public Library and was restored in 2008. It is comprised of 30,000 pieces of glass the majority of which resemble fish scales.  You can see the signs of the zodiac at the top of the piece in the photo.  One can stare at this wonder for hours and see something different each time.  The colors are amazing.

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Tiffany dome in the Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall.  Photo credit unknown.

Next up is a treasure that I am sure many of you are not aware of…it is several floors above the Cosmetic Departments of the Macy’s State Street store. It was covered for many years and has been opened for us to view…it is truly glorious.  It was installed in 1907 in the Marshall Field’s store.  It was the first favrile (this glass was patented by Louis Comfort Tiffany) iridescent glass dome to be built and is the largest glass mosaic (not stained glass!) of its kind, containing over 1.6 million pieces.The colors and designs are breathtakingly beautiful.

imageA close up of the mosaic Tiffany dome at Macy’s with it’s hanging chandeliers.  Truly exquisite. Look up next time you are in Macy’s, you are in for a major treat. Do, however, go on line to see more photos of this incredible piece up close and personal, views you can’t get staring up at it!  Photo credit for this image unknown.

Imagine these two amazing pieces are just a short distance from each other, you can enjoy them both in a few hours and take your own images.

We also must thank Richard Driehaus for his sensational Richard H.Driehaus Museum http://www.driehausmuseum.org which he founded in 2003 in the former Samuel Mayo Nickerson mansion.  The Museum houses a magnificent collection of Tiffany stained glass as well as other Tiffany pieces, perhaps you will see a lamp that Clara made while at the Tiffany Studios and transform yourself back into the pages of Clara and Mr. Tiffany.  In addition, check out the Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass at the tip of Chicago’s Navy Pier…well worth the visit but I think any time is well worth a visit to Navy Pier…remember Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano’s wwwchicagoflower.com begins this weekend, March 18th and runs through March 26th, you can do a double header!  You will even see me there, do say hello, it is one of my favorite annual events.

I think a Tiffany glass tour is in order, while you are at the Driehaus Museum you are next door to the Murphy Auditorium http://www.themurphy.com which is used for special occasions, many weddings, I have, in fact, done fashion shows there..it is a perfectly preserved building that, once again, I’m sure you have walked by and not paid it any attention. If you are planning something special be sure to make an appointment to see this beauty, you won’t be disappointed.

The Auditorium Theater http://www.auditoriumtheaterorg also has art glass, their arched windows above the doors as you enter and leave the theater were created by the firm of George Healy and Louis Millet in the Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan structure which opened in 1889 and was renovated in 1967…another building saved from demolition in 1963 by a prominent Chicagoan, Beatrice Spachner along with Roosevelt University.  It is now home to the Joffrey Ballet as well as many other cultural performances.

We must consider the truly magnificent Tiffany Stained Glass in our churches and other buildings…but alas that will have to wait until another time!!

Any special Tiffany pieces you like!!!???  Do leave comments.  And, by the way, I am not at this time, compensated by any of the organizations or publishers that I mention in my blog posts.  I give you websites for your further exploration of the subjects I cover.

 

WEDNESDAY MUSINGS: CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE

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I seem to be stuck on Chicago architecture this week so let’s go for it and look at some of my favorite Chicago buildings and why I like them.

First up, one of my most favorite, why you ask, because this is where my Father’s ad agency was housed, yes, in the dome as well as two other floors.  Helmut Jahn now has this space as his offices where he and his team create their architectural masterpieces. As a child I was fascinated that you could take the private elevator from Daddy’s offices to the 42nd floor which opened onto this elegant space where the creative work was displayed…I loved it so much!  The views were amazing and it was once considered the tallest building in the world outside of New York City. In addition, I was able to walk out onto small parapets (you haven’t been able to do that for many, many years) I thought I was in a fairy castle.  It has had many names and a reputation with the notorious Al Capone.  When Daddy’s office were there it was the Pure Oil Building.

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Just down the street on Michigan Avenue is the Carbon and Carbide building which now houses the Hard Rock Hotel.  Designed by the Burnham Brothers it was completed in 1929.  The Art Decor design is truly magnificent. Absolutely love the detail, it is totally unique and adds glamour to our impressive skyline.

image The 190 South LaSalle building our one Philip Johnson structure.  It is extraordinary and I did a couple of fantastic fashion shows in the lobby, breathtakingly beautiful….much more on those when we get to the designer’s profiles.  One was none other than Christian LaCroix!!!

The 190 South LaSalle building our one Philip Johnson structure.  It is extraordinary and I did a couple of fantastic fashion shows in the lobby, breathtakingly beautiful….much more on those when we get to the designer’s profiles.  One was none other than Christian LaCroix!!!

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Another lobby that I used for fashion shows houses the Chicago Architecture Foundation, http://www.architecture.org and that is the organization that benefited from those shows complete with finales featuring our major architects who call Chicago home base.  The lobby is fabulous, I believe it now houses a scale model of Chicago iconic structures.  Do stop by and view it and be sure to take the architectural tour on the Chicago River, even if you think you know the City and its buildings you learn so much more…a must see not only for your own knowledge but a perfect way to introduce guests to our architecture.  The docents should be awarded the keys to the City!!!   Just a hint of Willis Tower in the background.

image Back North and across the River are two of the most recognizable of our buildings (actually a peek at the Hancock as well!). The Wrigley Building and The Tribune Tower.  I couldn’t possibly do a post without them in it.  They anchor the Magnificent Mile and are truly splendid.

Back North and across the River are two of the most recognizable of our buildings (actually a peek at the Hancock as well!). The Wrigley Building and The Tribune Tower.  I couldn’t possibly do a post without them in it.  They anchor the Magnificent Mile and are truly splendid.

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One of the newest buildings on Michigan Avenue is the Burberry flagship.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I say the sides being put in place…they represent the signature Burberry plaid..could anything be more clever and what an addition to our skyscape…obviously not a skyscraper but a fabulous building none the less, kudos to this creative brand. http://www.burberry.com.

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I could go on and on and on…but not today.  I do however have to end this post with the old and the new…the Water Tower, the symbol of our City against the first of the Michigan Avenue vertical malls, Water Tower Place http://www.shopwatertower.com, and the Hancock Building looming behind.  Three different attitudes, different eras, and totally different styles…that is what Chicago architecture is all about!  I can assure you there will be many more posts on our historic buildings…which are your favorites????

Recipe time “building” a dessert…..

FROM TOM MANTEL’S RECIPE BOX

BLITZ TORTE

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Ingredients:
1/2 Cup butter
1 1/4 Cup sugar
3 eggs separated
6 TBSP milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Add slightly beaten egg yolks, milk, flour, baking powder, and vanilla
Divide batter between two greased 8″ or 9″ cake pans.
Beat egg whites, gradually add remaining sugar to make meringue.
Spread meringue over batter in each cake pan. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, 2 tbsp sugar, and a dash of cinnamon.
Bake at 350º oven for about 25 minutes. Cool
Before serving spread vanilla pudding, either made from scratch or from a pudding mix, between layers.

I can’t wait for Lent to be over…this looks yummy!!!