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Preservation Watch

Trusted archicritic Lynn Becker has an interesting blog post on the parallels between Chicago's and Buffalo's architecture and preservation experiences. You could call the two sister cities in this respect: few places rose to prominence so rapidly, collected such an inventory of astounding buildings by A-list architects (Burnham, Sullivan, Wright), and lost so many. These days both cites have strong preservation communities, but, as Becker points out, Buffalo may be doing a better job of keeping tabs on threatened structures. Is it time for Chicago to craft a more user-friendly "scorecard"? [ArchitectureChicago PLUS; photo: Burnham's Ellicott Square Building, TonyTheTiger / Wikipedia]