The City in a Garden

Author: Julia Sniderman Bachrach
Publisher: Center for Amer Places Incorporated
ISBN: UOM:39015054303642
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Photography

Enhanced by 140 images, a documentary chronicle of Chicago's parks profiles thirty-one of the city's finest spaces--both contemporary and historical-along with detailed vignettes and captions to trace their development.

Chicago Gardens

Author: Cathy Jean Maloney
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226502366
Release Date: 2008-09-01
Genre: Science

Once maligned as a swampy outpost, the fledgling city of Chicago brazenly adopted the motto Urbs in Horto or City in a Garden, in 1837. Chicago Gardens shows how this upstart town earned its sobriquet over the next century, from the first vegetable plots at Fort Dearborn to innovative garden designs at the 1933 World’s Fair. Cathy Jean Maloney has spent decades researching the city’s horticultural heritage, and here she reveals the unusual history of Chicago’s first gardens. Challenged by the region’s clay soil, harsh winters, and fierce winds, Chicago’s pioneering horticulturalists, Maloney demonstrates, found imaginative uses for hardy prairie plants. This same creative spirit thrived in the city’s local fruit and vegetable markets, encouraging the growth of what would become the nation’s produce hub. The vast plains that surrounded Chicago, meanwhile, inspired early landscape architects, such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Jens Jensen, and O.C. Simonds, to new heights of grandeur. Maloney does not forget the backyard gardeners: immigrants who cultivated treasured seeds and pioneers who planted native wildflowers. Maloney’s vibrant depictions of Chicagoans like “Bouquet Mary,” a flower peddler who built a greenhouse empire, add charming anecdotal evidence to her argument–that Chicago’s garden history rivals that of New York or London and ensures its status as a world-class capital of horticultural innovation. With exquisite archival photographs, prints, and postcards, as well as field guide descriptions of living legacy gardens for today’s visitors, Chicago Gardens will delight green-thumbs from all parts of the world.

A Natural History of the Chicago Region

Author: Joel Greenberg
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226306496
Release Date: 2004-12-01
Genre: Nature

Interweaving historical anecdotes and modern-day scientific data, a definitive study of the natural history of Chicago describes the various forces that shaped the region's environment, from Ice Age glaciation to the human settlement of the Midwest, and discusses the various habitats of the region, environmental destruction, conservation efforts, and more. Original.

The Gardener s Cottage in Riverside Illinois

Author: Cathy Jean Maloney
Publisher: Center for American Places
ISBN: STANFORD:36105215519559
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Architecture

Riverside, Illinois, was designed in 1869 by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his architect partner Calvert Vaux. Their unique design, which followed the contours of the landscape and emphasized open spaces, inspired the greatest architects of the time to undertake projects there. Among those projects was the Avery Coonley Estate, a rare joint effort by Frank Lloyd Wright and landscape architect Jens Jensen. At the center of the estate, itself a National Historic Landmark, sits the Gardener's Cottage, a small but unassuming masterpiece built for the estate's gardener and his wife. But what is it truly like to live within a historic work of architectural art? Current owner and gardening writer Cathy Jean Maloney here records her discoveries and personal reflections on living in the Gardener's Cottage with her family. In "The Gardener's Cottage", Maloney describes the cottage's beginnings, providing biographical background and design insight into the house itself and Riverside's key creators. She also highlights the often overlooked beauty of the cottage and illustrates how it is emblematic of Wright and Jensen's holistic Prairie Style approach to building and landscape architecture. The size of the Gardener's Cottage allows us to witness Wright's aesthetic concerns in small detail and to understand his ideas on a more accessible and livable scale. "The Gardener's Cottage" is a welcome and original addition to the work on these world-renowned architects and planners. It not only celebrates their designs, but the simple daily beauty of living within them.

From Yard to Garden

Author: Christopher Grampp
Publisher: Center for American Places
ISBN: 1930066740
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Gardening

"Grampp traces the ways that Americans have shaped their yards in response to national shifts in the economy, from an agricultural to an industrial base, to changing notions of suburbanization and related zoning practices, to the growth of city services, and to a baby boom after World War II that firmly established the single-family house and yard as the preferred American dwelling. He finishes by focusing on home grounds in California which, due to factors such as climate, land costs, demographics, and the popularity of Sunset magazine, have emerged as quintessential outdoor family rooms."--BOOK JACKET.

The Rockabillies

Author: Jennifer Greenburg
Publisher: Center for American Places
ISBN: 1930066996
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Photography

Elvis Presley. Pompadours. Black-and-white creeper shoes. Cuffed jeans. And a little bit of James Dean rebellion. These are just some of the ingredients of the modern Rockabilly style. Despite being generations removed from the original Rockabillies of the 1950s, today’s Rockabilly subculture has adopted the look—the slick-backed hair or the Betty Paige bangs—and the sound—from Carl Perkins to Buddy Holly—of mid-twentieth century American youth culture. In Rockabillies, photographer Jennifer Greenburg offers a visual tour of a unique global subculture and her own place within it. The individuals her photographs capture are examples of the rockabilly scene, having fully embraced the aesthetic values of teens in the 1950s. What intrigues Greenburg is that these contemporary Rockabillies choose to overlook the social and political realities of the time period they adore and emulate. The subculture today has become a hybrid of texts and images—frequently taken out of context—from an era that saw race riots, cultural upheaval, and little hope for middle-class advancement. Few, if any, members of the Rockabilly culture would actually want to live in the post-war era; rather, the imagery and ideals have been adapted to serve a wistful interpretation of that time. As well, contemporary Rockabillies are not interested in historic preservation, but its members rarely stray from established fashion archetypes. Through her photographs, Greenburg brings light to this unusual subculture and investigates its contradictory relationship to the American past.

City of the Century

Author: Donald L. Miller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684831381
Release Date: 1997-04-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A chronicle of the coming of the Industrial Age to one American city traces the explosive entrepreneurial, technological, and artistic growth that converted Chicago from a trading post to a modern industrial metropolis by the 1890s


Author: John C. Hudson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226358062
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Science

Offers a topical and chronological analysis of the Chicago Region, discussing the city’s historical geography and anticipating its future trends.

The Chicago Schoolhouse

Author: Dale Allen Gyure
Publisher: Center for Amer Places Incorporated
ISBN: 1935195190
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Architecture

School buildings are vitally important in American lives, yet largely invisible in the landscape of architectural studies. The schoolhouse’s significance cannot be overestimated in a country where education is not only compulsory, but is also an integral part of the national self-image. Between the ages of five and eighteen, the average American child spends more time in a school building than in any other single place outside the home. With The Chicago Schoolhouse Dale Gyure fills a void in the architectural and educational records by examining the physical structures where formal education happens and by drawing connections between school architecture and educational reform. Centered on an analysis of Chicago school buildings at the high school level, this study seeks to illuminate nationwide developments and explain how we have arrived at the current state of school architecture. It will be of great value to those interested in architectural history and the cultural history of secondary education.

City Spaces

Author: Bob Thall
Publisher: Center for Amer Places Incorporated
ISBN: 1930066074
Release Date: 2002-01
Genre: History

My history as a Chicagoan, my history as a photographer, the history of the city, and, in a small way, the history of photography - without any plan or anticipation, these photographs brought these histories together for me." City Spaces will be a welcome addition to those interested in fine art photography, architecture, Chicago, and the urban scene."--BOOK JACKET.

Marking the Land

Author: Jim Dow
Publisher: Center for Amer Places Incorporated
ISBN: STANFORD:36105124094249
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Photography

The demanding frontier life of My Ántonia or Little House on the Prairie may be long gone, but the idyllic small town still exists as a cherished icon of American community life. Yet sprawl and urban density, rather than small towns and farms, are the predominant features of our modern society, agribusiness and other commercial forces have rapidly taken over family farms and ranches, and even the open spaces we think of as natural retreats only retain the barest façade of their former frontier austerity. The fading communities, social upheaval, and enduring heritage of the Northern Plains are the subject of Jim Dow’s Marking the Land, a stirring photographic tribute to the complex and unyielding landscape of North Dakota. Jim Dow began making pilgrimages to this remote territory in 1981 and, with a commission from the North Dakota Museum of Art, he took photographs of the passing human presence on the land. The simple, stolid pieces of architecture carved out against the Dakota skies—whether the local schoolhouse, car wash, prison, homes, hunting lodge, or churches—evoke in their spare lines and weather-battered frames the stoic and toughened spirit of the people within their walls. Folk art is also an integral part of the landscape in Dow’s visual study, and he examines the subtle evolution of local craftsmanship from homemade sculptures, murals, and carvings to carefully crafted pieces aimed at tourists. Anchoring all of these explorations is the raw and striking landscape of the North Dakota plains. Marking the Land is a moving reflection by a leading American photographer on the state of the Northern Plains today, forcing us all to rethink our conceptions of America’s forgotten frontier.

Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory

Author: Owen J. Dwyer
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 1930066716
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

"Owen Dwyer and Derek Alderman examine civil rights memorials as cultural landscapes, offering the first book-length critical reading of the monuments, museums, parts, streets, and sites dedicated to the African-American struggle for civil rights and interpreting them is the context of the Movement's broader history and its current scene. In paying close attention to which stories, people, and places are remembered and which are forgotten, the authors present an engaging account of an unforgettable story."--BOOK JACKET.

Reframing the New Topographics

Author: Greg Foster-Rice
Publisher: Columbia College Chicago Press
ISBN: 1935195409
Release Date: 2013-02-01
Genre: Photography

In 1975 the exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape crystallized a new view of the American West: the sublime “American” vistas of Ansel Adams were replaced and subverted by images of a landscape inundated with banal symbols of humanity. Organized by William Jenkins for the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, New Topographics showcased such photographers as Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke. Their pictures, illustrating the vernacular, human-made world of contemporary America, punctured the myth of the pristine, wild American landscape—and definitively changed the course of landscape photography. Reframing the New Topographics offers the first substantive analysis of this shift and the continuing influence of an exhibition that not only reshaped the look and subject matter of landscape photography, but also foreshadowed environmentalism’s expansion beyond the mere preservation of wilderness. The essays in this anthology will add an important new dimension to the studies of art history and visual culture.

The city as suburb

Author: Eric L. Holcomb
Publisher: Center for Amer Places Inc
ISBN: 1930066732
Release Date: 2008-07-30
Genre: Architecture

Northeast Baltimore has undergone a transformation from a rural area into a "city suburb," an experience shared by many similar U.S. metropolitan areas. Now reflecting changes through 2007, Eric L. Holcomb's updated edition traces this prototypical process from the region's origins as a hunting ground of the Susquehannocks, through its earliest settlement by Europeans in the eighteenth century and its idealization as a picturesque landscape during the nineteenth century, to its rise as a suburb in the twentieth century. Holcomb's obvious passion for the area, combined with his thorough research in geographic indicators such as land ownership patterns, provide a broad empirical foundation for this richly illustrated history.Distributed for the Center for American Places

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780525432852
Release Date: 2016-07-20
Genre: Social Science

Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.