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Chicago Center for Green Technology 
(Sacramento Stone Co.)
445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
2002, Farr Assocs.
A small abandoned factory on a former brownfields site was transformed into a showcase for energy efficiency. Photovoltaic panels are on the roof and in the place of awnings. The barrels on the front of the building catch the rain for reuse on the landscape. High-performance insulation, as well as HVAC using ground source heat technology, and a rooftop planted with sun- and drought-tolerant greenery all help the building achieve its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating, the first building in the Midwest and the third in the world to earn such a rating. 
 Image courtesy City of Chicago

Chicago Center for Green Technology

(Sacramento Stone Co.)

445 N. Sacramento Blvd.

2002, Farr Assocs.

A small abandoned factory on a former brownfields site was transformed into a showcase for energy efficiency. Photovoltaic panels are on the roof and in the place of awnings. The barrels on the front of the building catch the rain for reuse on the landscape. High-performance insulation, as well as HVAC using ground source heat technology, and a rooftop planted with sun- and drought-tolerant greenery all help the building achieve its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating, the first building in the Midwest and the third in the world to earn such a rating.

 Image courtesy City of Chicago


Tower House
1306 N. Cleveland St.
2001, Frederick Phillips & Assocs.
This modern urban “tree house” has two floors of interior space sandwiched between a roof terrace and an open carport. Much is achieved with a small building footprint. An exterior circular stair provides code-required redundancy to the concrete block stair tower. The living spaces are on the third floor in order to take advantage of the best views.
Photo via John P. Twigg, Pinterest

Tower House

1306 N. Cleveland St.

2001, Frederick Phillips & Assocs.

This modern urban “tree house” has two floors of interior space sandwiched between a roof terrace and an open carport. Much is achieved with a small building footprint. An exterior circular stair provides code-required redundancy to the concrete block stair tower. The living spaces are on the third floor in order to take advantage of the best views.

Photo via John P. Twigg, Pinterest


John D. Runge House
2138 W. Pierce Ave.
1884, Frommann & Jebsen
The elaborate two-story porch beautifully frames the views through robust posts and finely worked motifs, such as the Masonic insignias under the eaves of the gabled dormer.

John D. Runge House

2138 W. Pierce Ave.

1884, Frommann & Jebsen

The elaborate two-story porch beautifully frames the views through robust posts and finely worked motifs, such as the Masonic insignias under the eaves of the gabled dormer.


Lake View Presbyterian Church
716 W. Addison St.
1888, Burnham & Root
2005, Restoration, Holabird & Root
This simple Shingle Style structure—now gloriously restored—has a high pitched roof and octagonal tower with conical steeple. Built shortly before the annexation of Lake View, it features the wood frame construction that had been prohibited in Chicago after the Fire. In the 1890s the church was enlarged, shifting the axis to north–south.

Lake View Presbyterian Church

716 W. Addison St.

1888, Burnham & Root

2005, Restoration, Holabird & Root

This simple Shingle Style structure—now gloriously restored—has a high pitched roof and octagonal tower with conical steeple. Built shortly before the annexation of Lake View, it features the wood frame construction that had been prohibited in Chicago after the Fire. In the 1890s the church was enlarged, shifting the axis to north–south.

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven 
(formerly Chess Records; originally McNaull Tire Co.)
2120 S. Michigan Ave.
1911, Horatio R. Wilson 
1957, Remodeling, John S. Townsend, Jr., and Jack S. Weiner 
This is Chicago’s only building to inspire a Rolling Stones song, which was named for the building and recorded here in 1964 as a tribute to Chess Records. The company’s headquarters from 1957 to 1967 were in this building, which—like its neighbors—began life “in the motor trade.”
Photo via Seth Saith.

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven

(formerly Chess Records; originally McNaull Tire Co.)

2120 S. Michigan Ave.

1911, Horatio R. Wilson

1957, Remodeling, John S. Townsend, Jr., and Jack S. Weiner

This is Chicago’s only building to inspire a Rolling Stones song, which was named for the building and recorded here in 1964 as a tribute to Chess Records. The company’s headquarters from 1957 to 1967 were in this building, which—like its neighbors—began life “in the motor trade.”

Photo via Seth Saith.