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Architectural Historians in Chicago

April 28, 2010

To be an architectural historian and to stroll around downtown Chicago is like visiting a major art museum and seeing so many paintings familiar from text books.  From the City Beautiful works of Daniel Burnham to the many generations of famous skyscrapers, Chicago possesses many familiar buildings.  It is always an amazing experience to see a work of art or architecture in person.  For architecture, the experience is especially poignant, since scale, relationship to other buildings, effects of light, can all be so different from what we see in even the best quality photographs.  So what do we do?  Take more photographs!  Pictured are Nathan Walker (at left, MA 2006) and Dr. Tom Gensheimer, our non-western specialist who nonetheless was captivated by Chicago.  We were all in Chicago last week for the annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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