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Chicagoland Building Brochure Collection

A work made of brochures..

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  • A work made of brochures..


c.1920-2018 (bulk 1998-2005)

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This collection contains building brochures relating predominantly to structures in Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area. Also documented are projects by local firms built outside the Chicago region, and the promotional brochures produced by architectural firms. The brochures cover a range of projects from residential housing to commercial buildings. Ranging in date from the 1920s to the present, though largely from the 1980s and 1990s, these brochures catalogue a history of the promotion of architecture in Chicago. As most of the brochures contain floor plans, they also provide a sampling of design styles and construction patterns throughout this time period.

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Chicagoland Building Brochure Collection


Made 1920–2018




7 portfolios and flatfile materials: H.: 304.8 cm (120 in.)

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Gift of various sources, including: John H. Owens, Jr., Teri Edelstein and Dr. Neil Harris, 2008; Andy Pierce, 2008; Jane Clark, 2009; Mary Woolever, 2009 and 2011; John Weber, 2010; Jack Brown, 2011.

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