Historic sites are the most valuable assets of a certain place. It adds to the economy, to the cultural identity, quality of life and to the sense of place. Without it, a certain place wouldn’t be called for its name. History is important in understanding the story of a certain place, its identity and its people. History can integrate both the visible and the invisible. Nowadays, in many different forms such as landmarks, spaces, views, places, buildings and contents, and even the stories related with them. As a people of a certain place, we all share the responsibility to recognize and respect everything that is important, and pass on these places to the new generation so they will be able to understand what happened before them. The preservation and management of historical places plays an important role protecting the environment, it also creates vigorous communities and helps local economies.
Preserving historical places covers a strong will to protect the environment and financial saving in embodied energy. Resulting to prevention of waste accumulation because it helps to avoid the replacement of the structure’s existing materials. Many historical places are considered as the focal point for community gatherings. Privately-owned historical places and heritage precincts adds to streetscapes. Making use and reinvigorating our historical places can also help local economies by means of employment opportunities and because it can generate additional revenue, especially through tourism.
Historic sites are all around us. Towns, cities and countrysides are full pack of character, that we can enjoy and connect with easily and every day. The different places we live, work and visit tell us a story of how people have developed our society and landscape over time. These stories links us with our roots. Now let’s discover the top 5 historical places in Chicago.
Chicago Water Tower
Chicago Water Tower, is one of the few buildings left after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In 1869 the Chicago Water Tower was completed, made from limestone that has castellated Gothic Revival style and considered as one of the most iconic buildings together with Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile” of Michigan Avenue and also the namesake of nearby Water Tower Place, the skyscraper with 74 floors and a shopping mall. In 1860 the population became bigger and Chicago’s water supply became insufficiency. Lake Michigan was even considered by Engineer Ellis S. Chesbrough but the water there was too polluted and not safe to use. Chesbrough’s came up to an innovative solution and designed a water-supply tunnel system extending almost two miles offshore to an intake crib. In 1867 the tunnel was completed and lake water was sent back to shore via a pumping station.
Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago)
The merger of Westminster Presbyterian Church and North Presbyterian Church formed the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago in February 1871. It is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) located in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of Chicago. In October 8, 1871, the combined congregation dedicated a new church building and later that day the Great Chicago Fire started and it wrecked the newly built sanctuary.
Later on the congregation constructed a second building situated at the corner of Rush Street and Superior Street, that was dedicated in February 1874. After almost 40 years at that site, the congregation decided to build a new building on Pine Street (now North Michigan Avenue) in 1912, that was then a plain undeveloped section of the city. They employed an architect to make a Gothic Revival of the building. Fourth Presbyterian was dedicated in 1914.
Picasso Sculpture at the Daley Plaza
The Chicago Picasso is a historically noteworthy, three-dimensional sculpture presented to the Richard J. Daley Center in 1967 from the well known artist Pablo Picasso. The developed cubist work of art is a political abstraction and it is 50 feet tall, that weighs 162 tons. Built out of self-weathering steel, the natural rust representation suits the Daley Plaza as a captivating artistic extension of the government building at the same time advertising an outdoor meeting place for public activities. What’s more interesting is that it has been proposed by Picasso’s family that the sculpture was influenced by a young woman that the artist found alluring and had painted several times.
Chicago Board of Trade Building
In 1885, the respected Chicago Board of Trade Building was built in the city’s financial district to be the center for agricultural market trade and considered as a valued Chicago landmark. This is the first commercial building to display electric lighting, in 1930 the organization was recreated in beautiful art-deco style that includes intricate sculptural figure art illustrating trading-floor activities. The design work is made of a statue of Ceres the goddess of grain anchored on the pyramid roof, with dynamic floodlights highlighting the building to a majestic golden hue at night. A famous notable visitation site, this historical building usually hosts architectural tours that is open to the public.
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
The astonishing stained-glass window exhibits of the Smith Museum are truly spectacular and can be seen along the lower level of Festival Hall at Navy Pier, a famous Chicago tourist spot. The invaluable gallery exhibits extend 800 feet and shows immaculate works of art both religious and secular in nature, categorically ordered in Victorian, Prairie, Modern, and Contemporary themes.
Once in Chicago try your best to visit these top 5 historical places to complete your tour try the tallest structures of Chicago and enjoy the spectacular views. You may also have a plan to visit Washington check out the top beautiful places to visit there and during summer you can visit Alki beach for free.