Pittsfield Escape...

The Pittsfield Building (1927) has recently undergone a nice facade washing bringing out the fact that it is actually white. This shot from the alley shows that for decades, the world most likely thought of this as a building in various shades of grey, as shown in the unwashed section on the left.

Around on the Wabash Street side, the surface detail is brought out in the shadows from the sun. There is a lot of texture going on on this building.

Unlike it black alley counterpart, the fire escape on the Wabash side is also painted white so as to blend in (or at least not stand out). I like this shot because fire escapes are most often painted black, and it is difficult to get good detail when photographing them for lack of light.

A google search for "Hanke Iron & Wire Works" comes up with absolutely nothing. They must have gone out of business long, long ago.


Blogger David Wilson said...

good photos, thanks - fyi they call it "the loop" in Houston too, "in the loop" etc. phrases

11/16/2005 10:21 PM  
Blogger Michael Allen said...

I can't wait to get back to Chicago to look up at a gleaming Pittsfield facade, with thousands of stamped terra cotta panels to gaze upon in clear relief, before heading in to eat at that little relic of a greasy spoon inside.

11/21/2005 3:59 PM  

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