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Summer parkstrip on Oakdale

Summer parkstrip on Oakdale, © 2013 Celia Her City

The 500 block of West Oakdale is one of my favorites, partly because of these wonderful old brick row houses that, because of their white paint, seem like they belong in Washington, DC.  I think these are some of the oldest attached houses in my vicinity, dating back to the early 1890s. More

Modern colonnade

Modern colonnade

I must say I’ve warmed to the modern colonnades that Mies van der Rohe designed into Chicago’s federal buildings.  Yes, they lack the charming details and coziness that go along with classical stone porticos, but I enjoy being under these cavernous overhangs, and I like the way their plain black columns frame the views.

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