Preservation Blues

“In Chicago, far too many ‘everyday masterpieces’ are being discarded like so much gristle. The city has a national reputation for being a vigilant protector of marquee landmarks designed by such renowned architects as Frank Lloyd Wright and Daniel Burnham. But Chicago is much less careful about safeguarding the lesser-known architectural gems, that give its neighborhoods their character. Hundreds are gone… even though the city, in a 12-year study it conducted that cost more than $1.2 million, identified them as architecturally or historically important. The demolished structures–more than 200–ranged from Spanish Baroque theaters to Georgian mansions to Queen Anne taverns.”