Illinois Bicentennial - 200 Great Places Favorite Architecture

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Illinois Bicentennial - 200 Great Places is a list of buildings and other structures identified as the most popular works of architecture in Illinois. To commemorate the Bicentennial of Illinois' statehood in 2018, the Illinois component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) premiered the 200 Illinois Great Places, selected by a state-wide committee of architects, local officials and other organizations (including the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), and Landmarks Illinois) in an effort to showcase the best of Illinois.[1] This committee included architect Mike Jackson[2], former chief architect and Preservation Services Division manager of the State of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The National Historic Landmarks and National Register of Historic Places were used to develop the list of significant places in Illinois and included a review of the national, regional and local American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Award program winners for the last fifty years. For contemporary projects the review criteria also included the AIA 10 Principles of Livable Communities[3]. An additional criteria was that only places which could be accessed by the public, were eligible, therefore some architecturally-noteworthy private properties were not included in this listing.

The selections emphasize various types of design creations, including works by urban planners, landscape architects, local craftspeople and builders. The selection offers a view that evokes a collective sense of place created in cities and towns, as well as single structures designed by individual architects. Spanning the entire period of human settlement in Illinois, the list contributes a strong historical dimension to understanding the vast power of our shared architectural culture.

150 Great Places in Illinois[edit]

In 2006–2007, as part of the commemoration of the AIA organization's 150th anniversary, AIA Illinois named 150 Great Places in Illinois. This coincided with the national AIA announcement of the 150 highest-ranked structures as "America's Favorite Architecture". The 2018 Great Places is an update to the 2007 list, with the addition of 50 sites in Illinois. Chicago is the location of some 75 structures on the 200 Illinois Great Places list, more than any other community. Chicago also has 16 structures on the list of America's Favorite Architecture, an honor that was the result of the national AIA designation program in 2006–2007.[4]

The 200 top-ranked structures are listed below.

List of "Illinois's Great Places"[edit]

Structure City State Architect(s) Style Picture
1 333 Wacker Drive Chicago IL Kohn Pedersen Fox Modern
333 Wacker Drive Chicago.jpg
2 860–880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments Chicago IL Mies van der Rohe Modern
860-880 Lake Shore Drive.jpg
3 Robert Allerton Park Monticello IL Robert Allerton Georgian Revival
Allerton House and Pond at Allerton Park.jpg
4 Aqua (skyscraper) Chicago IL Studio Gang Architects Contemporary_architecture
Aqua Tower Chicago.jpg
5 Bahá'í House of Worship (Wilmette, Illinois) Wilmette IL Louis Bourgeois
Baha'i Temple - Wilmette, IL.jpg
6 Bishop Hill Colony Bishop Hill IL
Steeple Building 2 Bishop Hill Colony.jpg
7 Bloom High School Chicago Heights IL Royer, Danley, and Smith Art Deco
Bloom High School Zol87 front right 4980746453.jpg
8 Cahokia Mounds Cahokia IL Monks Mound in July.JPG
9 Old Custom House (Cairo, Illinois) Cairo IL Alfred B Mullet Italianate
10 Carl Schurz High School Chicago IL Dwight H. Perkins Prairie School
Carl Schurz High School 02.jpg
11 Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse Chicago IL Mies van der Rohe International Style
Chicago Federal Center.jpg
12 Columbus Park (Chicago) Chicago IL Jens Jensen Prairie School
Columbus Park Boathouse.jpg
13 Coronado Theater Rockford IL Frederic J. Klein; Bell, Walter Scott Co. Italianate
Rockford Il Coronado8.jpg
14 Crow Island School Winnetka IL Eero Saarinen; Perkins and Will International Style
Crow Island School.jpg
15 Dana-Thomas House Springfield IL Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School
Dana Thomas Windows.jpg
16 David Davis Mansion Bloomington IL Alfred H. Piquenard Italianate
Bloomington Il David Davis Mansion3.JPG
17 John Deere World Headquarters Moline IL Eero Saarinen; Kevin Roche Modern
Deere & Company World Headquarters.jpg
18 DuPage County Historical Museum Wheaton IL Charles Sumner Frost Romanesque Revival
19 Farnsworth House Plano IL Mies van der Rohe International Style
Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe - exterior-8.jpg
20 Sheridan Reserve Center Fort Sheridan IL Holabird & Roche
21 Galena Historic District Galena IL Greek Revival
Main Street westview Galena Illinois P2140173 House w Pine Tree.jpg
22 Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago IL Jens Jensen Italianate
New Conservatory, Garfield Park, Chicago (front).tiff
23 Hegeler Carus Mansion La Salle IL William W. Boyington Second Empire
Hegeler-Carus Mansion (8765254143).jpg
24 Church of the Holy Family (Cahokia, Illinois) Cahokia IL poteaux-sur-solle
Holy Family Log Church Cahokia 063.jpg
25 Illinois State Capitol [Springfield]] IL Alfred H. Piquenard Renaissance Revival
Illinois State Capitol pano.jpg
26 875 North Michigan Avenue, formerly theJohn Hancock Center Chicago IL Fazlur Rahman Khan Bruce Graham Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Modern
John Hancock Center.jpg
27 John Wood Mansion [Quincy]] IL Greek Revival
Quincy J Wood House.JPG
28 Market Square (Lake Forest, Illinois) Lake Forest IL Howard Van Doren Shaw
Market square - lake forest.jpg
29 Macoupin County Courthouse, Carlinville, Illinois Carlinville IL Elijah E. Myers Neoclassical
Macoupin County Courthouse, Carlinville.jpg
30 Marina City Chicago IL Bertrand Goldberg Modern
Marina City, Chicago, Illinois, Estados Unidos, 2012-10-20, DD 01.jpg
31 Millennium Park Chicago IL Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Frank Gehry; Thomas Beeby Contemporary
2005-10-13 2880x1920 chicago above millennium park.jpg
32 Field Museum of Natural History; Museum Campus Chicago IL Daniel Burnham and Graham, Anderson, Probst and White Neoclassical
42 Robie House Chicago IL Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School
Robie House HABS1.jpg
47 Union Station Chicago IL Daniel Burnham and Graham, Anderson, Probst and White
Chicago (ILL) Union Station, great Hall, 1925.jpg
48 United Airlines Terminal 1, O'Hare Airport Chicago IL Helmut Jahn Modern
Ohare Neon Walkway.jpg
51 Wrigley Field Chicago IL Zachary Taylor Davis Jewel Box Stadium Wrigley field 720.jpg
100 Tribune Tower Chicago IL John Mead Howells;Raymond Hood Gothic Revival
Chicago 29 Oct116.jpg
101 Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower Chicago IL Fazlur Rahman Khan; Bruce Graham; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Modern
Sears Tower ss.jpg
73 Lake Point Tower Chicago IL Schipporeit and Heinrich Modern
82 Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Chicago IL Jean-Paul Viguier Postmodern
83 Glessner House Chicago IL Henry Hobson Richardson Richardsonian Romanesque
85 Harold Washington Library Chicago IL Thomas Beeby, Hammond, Beeby, Babka Postmodern
Chicago Library Downtown.png
88 Art Institute of Chicago Chicago IL Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge Beaux-Arts
Art Institute of Chicago Front.jpg
128 Rookery Building Chicago IL Burnham and Root Chicago school
1891 Rookery building.jpg
145 Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building Chicago IL Louis Sullivan Chicago school
Carson Pirie Scott building, Chicago, Illinois - Louis Sullivan.jpg
147 Auditorium Building Chicago IL Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan Chicago school
Chicago Auditorium Building, exterior from Michigan Avenue.jpg


See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Architecture : Royal Chapel of Milot (Haiti), Ascent South End, Islamabad Stock Exchange Tower, Prix Versailles 2019, Art Building (University of Texas at Austin), Perth Shiva Temple, List of tallest buildings in Townsville
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  1. Waldinger, Mike (January 30, 2018). "The proud history of architecture in Illinois". Springfield Business Journal. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. Mike Jackson's 40-year career marked by passion for preservation, State Journal Register, September 20, 2015
  3. "AIA's 10 Principles for Livable Communities - Mayors Innovation Project" (PDF).
  4. Building Online, American Institute of Architects Releases Poll Showing "America's Favorite Architecture" Archived 2012-09-13 at WebCite, Building Online, March 15, 2007
  5. American Institute of Architects, Illinois Great Places website

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