Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Arts and Crafts Perfection in Wilmette

I spotted this picture on a local news blog of a local architectural gem, described as

"Italian Renaissance Style, hip roof with dentils and ornamental frieze at overhangs, classical stone pilaster at entry, stone quoins at corner, columns and arched stone false loggia at east wing" all the things that make this type of construction so solidly American and beautifully placed in Wilmette, in one of the great neighborhoods for architecture in Cook County.

Be advised, however, if you were considering purchasing this beauty, the owner is indicted felon Tony Rezko. It should have been a red flag when an IIT grad lives in such a classically beautiful house, but that is for the courts to decide.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Our Folly of Bad Counsel

The Tribune tries hard not to criticize the conversion of Our Lady of Good Counsel into Condo's. Not me: This looks awful, and so does most every other church/condo conversion.
Violates my primary rule, Churches are Churches; Condo's are Condo's.
I have seen some in London that were reasonable done, but not many. As London's Open Churches Trust has described, the ones that make money look terrible, the ones that lose money look tolerable.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

More from Christ the King

To repeat, the Christ the King Coronation on Saturday was awesome, in every sense of the word. Here are a couple of shots lifted from The Institute website.