An article recently published in Traditional Building is challenging and worthy of consideration. Author Alvin Holm argues, "The reason we see so little ornament in buildings of our modern culture is that we do not love them."
We all have cabin fever, so chase those blues away by attending a series of free lectures presented in collaboration with the Pleasant Home Foundation. The three intriguing talks will be offered at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Oak Park Public Library. Drive over and park in the underground, protected from the elements.
Perhaps it was the cabin fever or the review of potential houses for my daughter or the new residential commission for a family in Riverside or all of the above that got me thinking what makes a house a home.
Oak Park did the right thing — something to be proud of — and addressed an acute need. Affordable housing for single tenants is less than sexy. It is not an issue we like to face, much less have to fight with the some of the neighbors who cried out, "Not in my backyard!"
I arrived at Maya del Sol at 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday evening. The Latin-inspired restaurant has presence on the street which is the first thing, as designers, that we want to establish: a first impression.
One of the ideas that founded the community college system in this country was that students should be able to study the first two years of college in their own communities to be better prepared for the rigors of college.
I was intrigued during the recent Comprehensive Plan gathering dubbed "Envision Oak Park," when John Houseal, our consultant, threw down a challenge to think about what Oak Park would look like 20 years in the future. I was probably the only one naive enough to toss out a smattering of ideas to consider - or laugh at.
The Alphawood Foundation has announced the lead gift of $10 million for the restoration of the 1908 Unity Temple, rated by ZAGAT as "one of the coolest churches in America." This is big! The grant is intended to be seed money to support the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation in fundraising for $22-25 million to restore our stunning "Jewel Box" on Lake Street.
Growing up in a small, dusty, rural town in northeastern Oklahoma was hardly a rich cultural experience. I was 8 years old and Bartlesville was void of any architecture. But that was soon to change thanks to a chemist, Harold Price, his two sons, and the need for an office building to house their booming electric welding company.