For over 15 years, local architectural historian Vince Michael worked on his opus on the architecture of Barry Byrne. Once an employee of Frank Lloyd Wright and a construction engineer on Unity Temple, he went on to a long-lived career in modern architecture, inspiring Michael's book, The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe.
In their new, all electric, LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), Prairie-style, American Four Square home in Oak Park, the Garcia Doyle family is living their "American green dream."
You wouldn't think so, judging by how upbeat and energetic she is, but Christine Steyer has a seen a lot of tragedy. Actually, she sings a lot of tragedy. She died of consumption as Mimi in La Boheme and killed herself in Madame Butterfly.
Just as migrating monarchs tend to light on milkweed plants to feed and grow, so did roughly 35 or so home gardeners land at Green Home Experts in Oak Park last month to learn about butterfly gardening.