Thursday Doors: Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Headquarters (OHC 2018)

During Open House Chicago 2018, we visited several sites in Evanston, including the national headquarters of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Regardless of my personal opinion of this fraternity’s history of hazing (for which it has been disciplined at least nine times) as well as of fraternities in general, the headquarters building is an austere […]

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Thursday Doors: Lake Street Church (OHC 2018, Part 7)

During the weekend of Open House Chicago (Oct. 13-14, 2018), we visited another of the Evanston sites, Lake Street Church. Although founded as Evanston Baptist Church in 1858, according to their welcome brochure, Lake Street Church is now a “progressive community of spiritual seekers from across multiple denominations” and is “rooted in the free-church tradition,” […]

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Open House Chicago 2018-Part 2

This post continues our brief tour of Open House Chicago 2018. The second building we toured was right across the street from the Gunder House. It is the Conway House, now the property of Sacred Heart Schools as the Driehaus Center.  The home was designed by the architect William Carbys Zimmerman in the Tudor-Revival style, […]

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Open House Chicago 2018-Part 1

Open House Chicago is an annual event – on a weekend in mid-October, about 250 buildings in the Chicago area are open to visitors. Each has a few volunteers who can tell you about the building. It is sometimes called the “architecture tour” because many of these buildings were built 100+ years ago and some […]

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CFFC: Light and Lime Green

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge right now is a color series; this week is light green or lime green. Hibiscus buds Young maple leaves – most of the maples around here have a fungus on their leaves called “maple tar spot,” supposedly caused by wet weather so that the leaves never have a chance to dry […]

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CB&WPC: Through a Window

Through our car window, we saw this cutie enjoying the ride on a sunny day. Through a window at Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier in Chicago, I took this shot of the Ferris wheel at twilight. Through a window in my house during a November thunderstorm, this leaf was plastered onto the glass. Looking through […]

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WPC: Slanted and Straight

Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge this week is to present photos showing “lines.”   These photos all contain lines that slant together with lines that are straight, which is how I selected photos for this challenge. Slanting double trees with hyacinths Wooden door of a storage shed Fences create slanting lines when viewed head on – […]

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