If you enjoy walking and looking at architecture, there are some interesting buildings and houses that are worth viewing on the south side of Chicago in the Chatham neighborhood. From 75th and King Drive to 87th and Rhodes, and around 87th and Dan Ryan to 87th to 79th and King Drive, there are plenty of things to see while walking when it comes to architecture.
75th and King Drive
Around 75th and King Drive from Michigan to Cottage Grove, neighborhood restaurants and business are housed in “ground” architecture that started in 1968. Ground architecture uses brown bricks, rectangular structures with points that resemble square design structures and overtops the rectangular structure. In addition, ground architecture is usually comprised of front windows with dim lighting, so interested customers will more often than not be interested in coming in to look at your products than looking in through the window. Lastly, the concrete used in “ground” architecture is sun kissed orange concrete that is no longer in use and adds color to the brown basic color of the buildings. After walking and viewing the buildings stop in and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at any of the restaurants and business you pass.
87th and Rhodes
Around 87th and Rhodes to 87th and Stony Island, small malls are the thing. On 87th and Stony Island, it is a four corner and open ended mall. On the left northside of 87th and Stony Island is a Walgreens, in a building which goes back to 1946. By the way, the parking lot is a perfect example of “Cliffton” architecture: tan paved concrete design in 1/2 inch detail to display the building and the fence that is around the building. On the south west side of 87th and Stony Island is a dollar store “out spray,” an architecture term, to show off cars going back and forth in front of the business and also the Dollar store sign, which makes the store distinct from other dollar stores and their signs. Down the street is another small mall, with a bakery, and other businesses. This open ended mall sides in and off tips the other business which draws a person’s eye to line down the street you just came from.
87th and Dan Ryan to 79th and King Drive
Around 87th and Dan Ryan to 79th and King Drive you can see “driver” houses that date back to 1943. One famous architecture of “driver” houses is Walter Pipe, who constructed the houses with red brown bricks and white brownish red concrete. The houses were built 3/4 inch from the side street, resulting in lawn kept side streets that are quite picturesque. In addition, the 87th Dan Ryan, where morning workers take the train, dates back to 1945 and window top architecture structure which is considered to be Avant-garde. The railing is made of dire steel that is no longer in existence. On 87th and King Drive there is a Church’s Chicken if you are hungry. But aside from that you can view the buildings, which is an apex building with homely 1949 edges that was made famous by Chicagoan architecture Paul Tote.