The Weatherman Report
Gustave Caillebotte, Rue de Paris, temps de pluie, 1877 (oil on canvas, 83.54″ x 108.74″).
The Bachman House
Chicago has had characters â€“ both architects and buildings â€“ throughout itâ€™s development as a place where things get built, regardless of if people want it or not. Bruce Goff, a transplanted Chicagoan, was a character and produced them. Goff was a child prodigy that started practicing architecture at 12-fucking-years-old and was doing weird things before they were cool i.e. Pre-PoMo; hell, pre-WWII.
The Bachman house was completed in 1947 and landmarked in the 1980s. This single-family home sports a straight-up sheet metal faÃ§ade thatâ€™s closer to a shed than a home. The sharp triangulation and peak of the Bachman House roof volume gets bisected by an even more acute triangle, held up by two symmetrical equilateral ones â€“ architects did love drawing with their triangles! The front and center in-your-face nature of this bungalow only gets weirder by placing it within a typical Chicago neighborhood laden with brick 3-flats and masonry walk-ups. Goffâ€™s fortress (many people compare his work to castles) does not embrace local flavor superficially. Instead, it totally engages with Chicagoâ€™s, â€œbuild first and ask questions laterâ€ attitude to architectural culture. Unfortunately, that approach comes with a disclaimer that the Daleyâ€™s and Rahm both espouse: â€œnothing or no one stands in the way of development.â€ Meaning not even landmark status can save buildings anymore in Chicago.
Maybe they didnâ€™t get the memo that architects are used to projects never getting built, let alone mostly working in virtual reality, so you can kill a building but you canâ€™t kill architecture.
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