Image from page 90 of "Chicago" (1917)
Publisher: Boston New York : Houghton Mifflin Co.
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>^.. The Heart of the City the eye. Blame not the architects whosetask is to get the most rent per cubic footwith the least possible outlay, but ratherthe avaricious owners of real estate, andthe supine aldermen whose baneful or-dinances have permitted our cities to bedistorted out of all architectural propor-tion. Chicago, however, was the first of-fender, the sky-scraper being its offspring.Alas, if only some Baron Haussmann hadhad the power to stifle it at the momentof its birth, American cities might to-daybe beautiful. Yet in no other way, it seems to me, arethe ideals and characteristics of a peopleat the different periods of its existence sodefinitely expressed as by its architecture,— particularly that which is ecclesiasticalor governmental; and nowhere, 1 believe,is the truth of this so clearly demonstratedas by the different court-houses and cityhalls which have stood from time to time 31 Chicago within the part of the Loop which in thecitys infancy was known as the Pub
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