The Kathryn Apartments, 204 S. 6th Street

Sources: The Rockford Daily Republic, February 24, 1928 and Image captured May 2019

Harlem Boulevard Homes

Winnebago County Court House 1904

On May 11, 1877, while this court house was still under construction, the central dome collapsed without warning killing ten workman and

seriously injuring ten more.  Henry L. Gay, the architect, was ruled responsible because of flaws in his building plans.  Nevertheless, the building

was completed in 1878.

In the front central circle can be seen the statue of the soldier who now guards the entrance to Memorial Hall on Wyman Street.

Source: Rockford To-day 1904, The Rockford Morning Star, The Clark Company Press, 1903.



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.”




Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois – June 2018

Source:  The Voice; of the Rockford Business Community, June 2018.  Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

On The Waterfront 1991, 1992 – 2 OTW Committee Photos

Sherrie Werner (in White shirt), Ronald McDonald, Tom Pearson, Channel 23

Photos by Jan Carter, printed in the Rockford Register Star GO Section, 8/26/2010

B.J. Salisbury, David Salisbury, John Nolte WROK-WZOK, Dick Hynes, architect

Spring Brook Rd., 4646 – “Laurent House”

4646 Spring Brook Rd.:  single story, solar hemicycle, Usonian design.  Rare mid-century handicapped accessible house.  Built 1959, of Chicago common brick and cypress.

Story in Rockford Register Republic 4/10/1959; also found in Rockfordiana: Historic House and Landmarks – 1

photo of home. Designed by Wright for Kenneth H. Laurent, a parapalegic.

All furniture is Wright-designed and built in.

“Museum Group Gets Appraisal for Frank Lloyd Wright House”        Rockford Register Star 4/17/2010

According to county tax records, house is appraised at $187,000.  Some Wright houses have been appraised at $9 Million.