Vikings Win




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Well, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express web contest to restore Chicago area landmarks is over and the Vikings ran away with it. Actually, the runaway rabbit winner was the Pui Tak Center in Chinatown, built in 1924 as the On Leong Merchants Association, which led the voting by a wide margin from Day One of the contest. Naturally, as a prominent Sinophile, I am well pleased with the outcome. So why did I say the Vikings won? Because the Viking Ship managed to finish second, fending off a strong challenge from Von Steuben High School? No, because Vikings finished first and second if you count the architects of On Leong: Michaelsen and Rognstad.

Von Steuben held on to third and Unity Temple – one of the most architecturally significant buildings IN THE WORLD – managed fourth. Tailed by Robie House throughout the voting, the Peabody Estate Mayslake in Oak Brook made a stretch run to finish fith, pushing Robie into sixth and Louis Sullivan’s Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral into seventh. A big surprise was the late surge by the Spring Grove Fish Hatchery (?) which apparently benefitted from the advocacy of Rep. Melissa Bean. By the end of this thing it was taking 2000 votes to get a single percentage point, so even the herculean efforts of SAICers to get out the vote for the Roger Brown Studio could only serve to keep it in the top 15.

Well, l I am off to Racine to the Barry Byrne church there for part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference. So much to do….

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