Pair Sells Nursery in Family 50 Years

W. L. Taylor founded Rockford Nurseries, 2715 S. Main St., in the 1920s and operated it with his brother, E. H. Taylor. They started with 70 acres on what had been the Cunningham farm, and later enlarged it to 120 acres. In 1968, they sold it to Charles Klehm and Son Nurseries of Arlington Heights. Source: Rockford Register-Republic, January 1, 1968

Krenek’s Clock Haven

Bob Krenek turned his hobby of fixing clocks into a business in 1964 at 2314 N. Main St. Doug Nelson began working at the store in 1990, and bought the business when Krenek retired in 1999. The store is now located at 5124 N. Second St. Loves Park. Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Annual Guide 2019

Studio Gang Wins Major Design Competition for Chicago O’Hare Airport, Architectural Digest, March 2019


An aerial view of Studio Gang’s Y-shaped airport, a design that’s reminiscent of the Chicago Municipal Device.All renderings are courtesy of Studio ORD

Studio Gang Wins Major Design Competition for Chicago O’Hare Airport Expansion, Architectural Digest

Studio Gang beat out the likes of Santiago Calatrava; Norman Foster; and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to win the $8.5 billion project

By John Gendall

March27, 2019

When the city of Chicago determined to build a major expansion of O’Hare Airport by adding a new Global Terminal, it launched an international competition, soliciting expertise from around the world. As announced today by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the winner of the competition, Studio ORD, comes with a made-in-Chicago imprimatur. Led by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, Studio ORD, as the competition team called itself, consists of several companies,

including Studio Gang, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Corgan, Milhouse Engineering and Construction, and another local design firm, STL Architects. As Emanuel said in a statement, “The City of Chicago called up on teams from across the city and around the world to lead O’Hare’s historic expansion, and Studio ORD answered that call.”

A central oculus features a six-pointed skylight, referencing the geometry of the stars found on Chicago’s flag.

Set to break ground in 2023, the project will add a 2.2 million-square-foot Global Terminal and Concourse—at a cost of $2.2 billion. The designers laid out the terminal as a Y shape. This will not only maximize runway adjacency, but it also references Chicago’s identity. When seen from above, the shape resembles Chicago’s official symbol, the Y shape of the Chicago River. “As a native Chicagoan, I understand deeply the importance of O’Hare to our city’s identity,” said Gang in a statement.

Chicago’s O’Hare is the third most trafficked airport in the country, behind Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Inside the proposed building, a soaring roof will be supported by slender Y-shaped columns. Lush plantings under a wood ceiling will create an environment meant to offset the stress of air travel. A vast central skylight will provide a naturally lit space. The project is part of a $8.5 billion expansion to O’Hare’s Terminal 2, which, together with Studio ORD’s new building, will integrate international and domestic operations at O’Hare.

At 2.2 million square feet, the new terminal will offer twice the space of the previous one.

The announcement of Studio ORD’s winning proposal comes as the culmination of an international design competition. In January 2019, the city shortlisted five teams: Studio ORD, SOM, Santiago Calatrava, a joint venture led by Colorado-based Fentress Architects, and a partnership between Foster + Partners, Epstein, Moreno. As Emanuel put it, Studio ORD had “the experience, expertise, and the talent needed to work with the City of Chicago as we usher in a new era at O’Hare.”




William Brown Building, 226-228 South Main Street

Source:  1902 Rockford Illinois, Press of Horner Printing Company, Rockford, Illinois, p. 89 and Rockford Register Star, April 22, 2001, p. 31.

The building was completed in 1892 and named after Judge William Brown.  First tenant was the People’s Bank of Rockford.  It still houses the Amcore Bank.  The Grand Army of the Republic found its home in the Brown Building also.

Its Romanesque Revival architectural style is considered very significant and helped to place it on the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 10, 2000.