Students at the School of Art Institute of Chicago are putting their knowledge of architecture to the test.
Their assignments take them to the Chicago suburbs in search of religious, educational, and commercial architecture from the 1930s to the 1970s, reported WBEZ.org. The preservationists are their professor are documenting all of Cook County’s suburban towns such as Berwyn and Cicero, which aren’t noted for modern, cutting-edge architecture, the site reported.
Instructor Charlie Papal told the reporter that students have surveyed more than 50 communities and at least 1,700 buildings. While the more popular Chicago landmarks are well known, the students get to become familiar with the area’s lesser-known mid-century fire stations, schools, and motels, Papal said.
All of that work can be viewed online at Landmarks Illinois.
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