Whoever you are, wherever you live, you must have witnessed those high rising, sky scraping beauties that beauty our cities and skylines and make them gape worthy. Chicago is one of those cities with a skyline blessed with buildings of impeccable architecture and endearing height. Chicago houses some of the most iconic buildings in the world ranging from the Sears tower which was dubbed as the tallest building in the world at a point in time, to the Trump tower, the Aon tower to the Willis tower. For a long time, the skyline of Chicago and its buildings have defined the architectural history of America. The buildings exhibit originality, innovation and creativity. In this article we will be reviewing the various styles and designs of the buildings that Chicago’s skyline has to offer us.
This is a very obvious category when referring to real estate attorneys in Chicago. The Chicago skyline is most notably defined by the skyscrapers which it inhabits. Chicago plays host to a few of the tallest buildings in North America and the world, a few of which are the Willis tower, the Trump tower and the Aon center. The skyline is so defined by skyscrapers that it is featured in movies shot in Chicago and series including Grey’s Anatomy. The skyscraper craze in Chicago began in the late 19th century. Downtown Chicago played host to young and ambitious architects looking to make an impact on Chicago’s skyline with brave and endearing designs. Unfortunately most of the buildings were destroyed by the The Great Fire of 1871. This left a vacuum in the Chicago skyline and a more intense ambition to rebuild what was torn down and design them much better. Although the future of the skyscrapers has been threatened by various circumstances like the falling market, to the 9/11 attack but the skyscraper dream lives on and keeps thriving taller, more beautiful and a lot more impressive.
These are the least abundant building structures that can be found in Chicago. They are not very common and are steadily going out of style in Chicago. The fire cottages were simply planned temporary houses that were built after the The Great Fire of 1871. About five thousand fire cottages were built in a month to house families that were stranded and left homeless by the fire to house them for the winter. Sources state that the total amount of resources required to build a cottage was about $100 for windows and a door. Most of the houses were replaced with more permanent buildings soon after families could gather resources to get a more befitting housing arrangement. Most of the fire cottages have been torn down and there are only two of these cottages on record in Chicago today.
Greystones are popular family housing buildings. The Greystones are multi units stacked ontop of one another. They also became popular after The Great Fire of 1871 when smaller apartment buildings became popular for families who wanted to shy away from the skyscrapers. The Greystones are great for exhibiting density, cohesiveness of an area and uniformity. The Greystones got their name from the materials used to construct them. They are identical buildings built over a wide area of land without any space between the buildings resembling on big family greystone house. The building design is recurrent with the doors on the same side of every building and the floor plan and architecture being exactly identical. The only thing that may differ about each greystone is the paint color preference of the owners
THE WORKER COTTAGE
This is also one of the fast fading buildings in Chicago. They were the buildings found in Chicago in the late 19th century. They were brought about by the economic growth and the market boom that occurred in Chicago. Their growth was fueled by the population boom that occurred due to the massive immigration that occurred in Chicago due to the increase in job opportunities at the railway and associated processing industries. They could be built using bricks (Chicago’s preference after the wood phobia that developed after The Great Fire of 1871) or they could be framed and sided in wood. They are fast fading from the Chicago buildings scene due to the ease with which they can be taken down and replaced by a more imposing structure.
Other buildings that have graced and/or currently grace the dynamic Chicago building and design scene include:
– The Chicago Bungalow
– Courtyard Apartment Buildings
– Residential Hotels
– Four-Plus-One Apartments