Chicago’s Carbide and Carbon Building: The Lost Blueprints
ArchiTech Gallery, Chicago
In the early 1900s, Chicago was the world’s architectural laboratory, home to the architects who more or less invented the modern skyscraper. The Carbide and Carbon building on Michigan Avenue, designed by brothers Daniel and Hubert Burnham, is an art deco masterpiece emblematic of the city’s Roaring ’20s: Its dark green terra-cotta tower, accented with 24-karat gold leaf, is said to have been modeled after a bottle of Champagne. This full set of master blueprints, signed by both architects, was recently rediscovered after languishing for years in storage. 730 N. Franklin St., (312) 475-1290. Prices range from $500 to $8,000.