Sunday, April 16, 2006

A Crime Against Architecture


The Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago intended to celebrate the first one hundred years of urban development and achievement of the Windy City, opening in 1933. As part of the celebration, the fair contracted with several architects to develop demonstration homes exhibiting modern design -- somewhere between Art Deco and the International Style. After the immensely successful fair (which, by the way, was part of the reason baseball now has the All-Star game), a real estate developer moved several of the homes to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where there are a number of programs for leasing. One of the homes, apparently, made its way to Monroe, Michigan, where local "preservationists" turned what what once an innovative, creative design employing new technologies and materials into a faux-neoclassical atrocity.

3 Comments:

Anonymous jcp2 said...

Was the original design more like a box with the front door popping out in the middle (a la Armco-Ferro house)?

7:02 PM  
Blogger accidentalactivist said...

Similar, but not exactly. The facade was not symmetrical like A-F. Follow the link labelled "faux neoclassical atrocity."

10:37 PM  
Anonymous JCP2 said...

I get it now. The second story addition was in back. Do the original designs have a water drainage problem on their flat roofs as well?

1:18 AM  

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