Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
This view is a little narrower than I would have preferred (reference photo taken from the 12th floor of a nearby parking garage),but you can see that it's in keeping with the classic skyscraper formula of base, shaft and capital. This has been somewhat obscured by hanging metal balconies along Washington, which accompanied the 1990s condo conversion. It was a pleasure to eliminate these from the sketch. Several of the lower floors were hollowed out to provide indoor parking, which they've made no attempt to hide. It looks pretty odd from the street, although probably most people don't notice.
Looking at this drawing I realize how much I've let this project get out of hand. My first intention was just to focus on the decorative entrance lanterns in the Loop. Then I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if a reader could place these in context with the rest of the building?" So I decided to include a couple of rough sketches. This rough sketch took a week and a half to finish.
I think this will be the last entry in this series. I have reference photos for one more building (on Washington, of course), but it's probably time to move on to some other things.