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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Illinois State Archives Building


This is the west side of the State Archives Building at the Capitol Complex, Springfield, Illinois.

With aid from the New Deal's Public Works Administration, the building was completed in 1938 at a cost of $820,000. It is architecturally unique, having no windows on the fourth through seventh floors. (2000 Illinois Blue Book.)

Engraved under the eaves on this side are the names: Deere, Swift, McClernand, Todd, James. (For a little better detail, click here for an uncropped, high resolution (2048 x 1536) copy.)

Posted by Marie at January 11, 2007 7:38 PM


I hate to say it, but what that reminds me is Pacific Gas & Electric's two big substation buildings in downtown San Francisco. Concrete monoliths--though one is dressed up with some cool sculptures.

Posted by: Dan at January 12, 2007 12:51 AM

In a town where 100+ year old churches are given the wrecking ball in favor of parking lots, it is to these timeless sandstone monoliths we turn for quiet contemplation.

It's the angle.

Posted by: Marie at January 12, 2007 1:10 AM