Catching Up and Staying Warm




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Photo is copyright Felicity Rich, which explains its quality compared to most of the ones I post….

Okay, three weeks on the road plus the pressures of moving both our program studios and my home left me a little winded and even ill late last week so the blogs are a little behind, hence a few brief bits of catch-up:

All that air travel tempts one, despite good upbringing, to read airline magazines and one had a listing of wacky tourist attractions like the largest ball of twine and guess what – two Illinois sites which Landmarks Illinois has supported, were pictured! The Collinsville Ketchup bottle water tower, which we gave a grant to a while back, and the Berwyn Car Spindle, which is now threatened…

Preservation Chicago made news by putting Grant Park on their Chicago 7 list of endangered landmarks due to the threat of the Children’s Museum – perfectly echoing comments I made last fall about the same issue….

Lake Meadows tennis club by modernist Gertrude Kipnis demolished – Jack Spicer composed a fitting eulogy to another Mid-Century Modern loss…..

Blair Kamin in the Trib supporting efforts to save the great Gunners Mate Building at Great Lakes, bringing us to the interesting metaphysical problem of trying to save unique universals….

This is the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Landmarks Ordinance and many groups are scheduling events to celebrate it – CAF is doing an exhibit opening this Thursday curated by our alum Kate Keleman and including me in some fashion. More lectures and a Fall SAIC symposium to come….

Someone looks at my 1873 Italianate house and is wondering about replacing the windows. Dude! I got 2,300 square feet of frame house in one of Chicago’s snowiest and coldest winters. It has original windows plus triple track storms added sometime in the past. Monthly heating (and gas for range and hot water)? $167. Replace the windows and I will happily give you a dollar for every nickel you save on that bill, dude.

Some economist needs to calculate the payback on trees, because we planted a river birch next to our house a decade ago. It is now taller than the house and has knocked $20+ per month off of heating and cooling bills – why calculate the payback on replacement BUILDING PARTS? For the cost of a little water and pruning, this tree paid for itself in energy bills a hundred times already…..

I can’t think of any building part that can compete with that. Period. Full Stop.

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2 Responses to “Catching Up and Staying Warm”

  1. Margaret Foster Says:

    Reports of the death of Kipnis’ Lake Meadows Country Club=greatly exaggerated, according to the owner:

    From: Dooley, Kim [dooleyk@DraperandKramer.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:02 PM
    To: Margaret Foster
    Subject: Lake Meadows

    Margaret,

    To answer your questions:

    1) The Lake Meadows tennis clubhouse is not the structure that is being demolished. The tennis structure and courts are still there. There was an private restaurant on the site that was abandoned for 20 years. The structure had deteriorated to the point of being unrepairable and an agreement was reached with the City to demolish the structure.

    2) We are working with the City and the Alderman to develop plans for the entire Lake Meadows community. At this time we cannot comment on the plans as they have not been finalized.

    Thank you.

    Kim Dooley
    Draper and Kramer, Incorporated
    33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1900
    Chicago, Illinois 60603
    phone 312-795-2291
    fax 312-795-2747
    dooleyk@draperandkramer.com

  2. keller Says:

    Do you mean Gertrude Kerbis? You could check the on-line oral biographies at Art Institute.

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