There are few places in the United States with a more encyclopedic and concentrated overview of the last 75 years of modernist architecture than Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. From George Fred and William Keck’s minimal 1937 cooperative apartments (below left) to Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s towering new Logan Center for the Arts (below right, formally opening in October 2012), Hyde Park offers a comprehensive collection of 75 years of modernist masterpieces (and a few misfires). Additionally, Hyde Park offers a living example of the benefits and perils of large-scale land clearance and urban renewal.
Join Forgotten Chicago as we explore Hyde Park for the first time with a walking tour on Sunday, August 19. Venturing far beyond the cliche (Collegiate Gothic and gargoyles), the beloved (a low-slung Prairie School house), and the familiar (a long-gone fair and tales of those swept up in its dark side), our exploration of Hyde Park will show an incredible array of lesser-known and often remarkable projects from the past nine decades.