Here we are in front of Buckingham Fountain. You can see the Sears Tower in the background in one of its final days as the Sears Tower. Now it has been renamed The Willis Tower because some company with that name leased a TON of office space in the tower. Hmmmm...it doesn't roll off the tongue like the old name, but oh, well! Hopefully, Buckingham Fountain won't be renamed Target Fountain or some such nonsense. Oh, wait, there's no office space in Buckingham Fountain....
Friday, July 24, 2009
Nicholas and Sunny were kind enough to drive Chiara and Norah to Chicago; James met us there and we walked around downtown. We found this quiet little garden near the Art Institute and spent some time looking at this fountain. It was really peaceful here compared to the streets!
We went to the Grandville Independence Day parade, and it was a lot of fun! To start, two Air Force jets went right over the parade route in formation (and very low!). It was loud and really exhilarating to watch!
Norah loved watching all the floats and people go by, especially the firetrucks. Here she is with a necklace she acquired by being cute and sitting on the sidelines!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Last photo, I promise. I just wanted to show the horizontality of the house from the outside. Notice all the windows too. Imagine this house surrounded by Victorian construction--which is what was being built at the time. Meyer May was truly a daring and modern man!
To increase the look of horizontal lines on the house, the bricks had different colored mortar in the horizontal joints and the vertical joints. It gives the illusion that the house is composed of only horizontal layers built on one another. Very cool.
Francesca and I went to the Mayer May house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. Steelcase bought it in 1986 and restored it. It was absolutely breathtaking, even for today. Here we are in the entryway, which is hidden on the side of the house.
Norah was very confused by the whole idea of a pinata. She just thought that the donkey was a colorful friend to play with--she was absolutely horrified when we strung her new friend up, and started hitting him with a stick. She started crying, and everyone turned around to look at her; James said she is a Pinata rights advocate--that got a laugh. Eventually, Norah changed her moral position and joined in the pinata torture. James had to show her how to do it.