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Old Posted Nov 12, 2021, 2:58 PM
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Originally Posted by galleyfox View Post
Every single ambitious American architect at the time thought, “Holy Crap, here’s our chance to build an American Paris.” Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago is all about trying to make Chicago into a Parisian-like city. (With the hope that a renovation similar to Paris could also be a form of effective social engineering for Chicago.)
Yeah Ed Bennett (who worked for Burnham initially) was probably the man most directly responsible. He copied the Tuileries and Versailles for Grant Park, including Buckingham Fountain. He copied the quays along the Seine for Wacker Drive and the Michigan Ave bridge. I suspect the little park around Water Tower was inspired by the Tour St. Jacques in Paris. Etc etc.
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