16 July, 2011

Edith's Museum, Redux

It's always interesting to see how one little idea or story unfolds over time. This is certainly the case with regard to the subject of Edith Rockefeller McCormick's proposed museum. In a post last December I touched on the matter, and the subject has presented itself again as I am almost finished reading Keith Morgan's Charles Platt: The Artist as Architect.

Following are two images of a proposal Charles Platt made for Edith's 1000 Lake Shore Drive property.

The Bellevue Place elevation.


The Oak Street elevation.

The reason Platt created these renderings for Edith was that she intended to rebuild 1000 Lake Shore with the building eventually being turned over to Chicago as a mayoral mansion anc civic museum upon her death. The reason why these plans never progressed is easy to guess; Platt started to put the project together in 1928, and we all know what happened the following year.

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