Thursday, October 09, 2014

Make no plans: Chicago allows razing of Daniel Burnham building

Burnham Park, Chicago's Lakefront
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood."
Daniel Burnham.

Regular readers of Marathon Pundit know that last year the city of Chicago allowed the apartment where Ronald Reagan and his family lived in 1915 to be demolished. "Dutch" was the only president born in Illinois and the first one to live in Chicago.

DNAinfo Chicago reports that this summer, a  Daniel Burnham-designed Chinatown building that was last used as a boat warehouse was torn down in August. The brick structure "slipped through the cracks" of Chicago's preservation process.

Burnham, one of Chicago's most-esteemed architects of the late 19th and early 20th century, was the co-author of the Burnham Plan, which, among other things, put into motion the drive to reserve the city's lakefront for public use.

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