Chicago skyline view, 1906-1909, showing smoke and smog in heating season

Title

Chicago skyline view, 1906-1909, showing smoke and smog in heating season

Subject

Loop (Chicago, Ill.)
Smog

Description

This is one of the planning photographs among Edward H. Bennett's groups of images from the era of the 1906-09 Plan and its implementation into the 1920s.

The view shows both the irregular character of the central business district's masonry structures southwest of the Railway Exchange Building, the roof of which was Bennett's vantage point, and also the smog resulting from the coal smoke billowing out of office building chimneys.

This was a "before" photo, something for the City Beautiful Movement to work on. The 1909 Plan of Chicago prophesies (Burnham's word, see his 1908 letter) a city of controlled heights for buildings like that of Paris, France and Washington, D.C., both the subjects of major planning efforts--Paris in the mid 19th C. and Washington c. 1902 and following (Macmillan Plan on which Daniel Burnham was a member of the team). Chicago, though, was the effective birthplace of the skyscraper, and this development, engineered in part also by Burnham, doomed hope for any height control in Chicago's Loop business district.

Creator

Bennett, Edward H. (Edward Herbert), 1874-1954

Publisher

Marcia O. and Edward H. Bennett III Collection

Date

1906? - 1909?

Relation

Marcia O. and Edward H. Bennett III Collection (Lake Forest College)

Format

image/tiff

Type

Image

Identifier

lfspbennett00090.tif

Coverage

Chicago Loop district

Original Format

photographic print

Physical Dimensions

14.2 x 8.7 cm (4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in)

Files

lfspbennett00090.tif

Citation

Bennett, Edward H. (Edward Herbert), 1874-1954 , “Chicago skyline view, 1906-1909, showing smoke and smog in heating season,” Digital Collections - Lake Forest College, accessed December 11, 2017, http://collections.lakeforest.edu/items/show/2032.

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