They had the best and nicest clothes I ever had. He and the client, Neiman-Marcus, bitterly fought even the preservation of the lovely oval atrium which was a landmark of the old store. Mom, now 93 had been an employee there years ago. My guesses are: The Williamsburg Shop sold pewter ware? They represent, in retrospect, not the best idea for the State Street Store, but even so, it was done with a taste and style that were uniquely Field's. It's over and never to come back. A six floor atrium in the South State building was topped by a beautiful Tiffany glass-lined vault. The main floor always had such a golden aura to it- like going back to my happy place, completely crystallized in time.
Palmer envisioned that State Street, parallel to Lake Michigan, could, if widened, become a grand retail boulevard in keeping with his vision of a great city. Intended for the wholesale business of Field's eponymously named department store, it opened on June 20, 1887, encompassing the block bounded by Quincy, Franklin, Adams and Wells Streets, near the location of the. I still have my book. The room was full of different stages, where jugglers, magician, clowns, and more were performing non stop. I had a great time and thought that I was going to spend the rest of my working life there. His most famous suburban and country houses were the Mary Fisk Stoughton House Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1882-83 and the Henry Potter House St.
Sometimes this meant lunch in the Walnut Room with my aunt including white gloves , later lunch with friends in the English Room, often breakfast or lunch in the Annex Grille salmon salad sandwiches were my favorite. As a native almost 60 Field's was my second home. Merchandise is junk, stores are dirty and run down, clerks are rude, all the amenities of Marshall Fields have left the building. It seems like it could be related to the Marshall Field's Young Chicagoan line but I don't know if they opened any offshoot shops like that. Great things were accomplished during this period but it would be naïve to think that were a done with ease. Thanks for letting me vent! The versatility of concrete, steel and glass had not yet developed.
Plagued by nephritis throughout his career, however, he died in 1886 at the untimely age of forty-eight; yet by this time, his contributions had already secured him an important place among America's foremost architectural designers. As an infrequent visitor to Chicago, it was always a pleasure to walk through those doors because Field's was unique. We would ride the el I always made us ride backwards to Marshal Field and Co, just the two of us. During these later years Richardson produced the buildings upon which his reputation principally rests. The building's importance was not Richardson's adherence to convention; rather it was his departure from convention. Luckily for the store, a heroic effort to transfer stocks out of the building preceded the moment that flames reached its doorstep, and a healthy insurance policy meant that losses were not entirely catastrophic.
I remember in Fine Jewelry, items were placed in the appropriate green leather gift box. Rybarczyk Anonymous Dear Bruce, what a wonderful tribute your blog gives to what was once the finest store in the United States. The insides of it were missing but the outside was in pretty good shape and I needed something to store some items in. All of these things have affected my life in so many ways since then. Do you possibly remember these or have a photo of them? On the 7th floor you walked into a magical world. Unlike most frontier dwellings, the home Thomas Marshall built was of frame construction rather than log and was one and a half story.
Richardson's Marshall Field Warehouse in the same neighborhood, the interior was lavishly decorated with marble mosaics, tinted glass windows, fine woods, terracotta and bricks, with vegetal motifs that suggested the Art Nouveau style to come. Thank you for sharing your memories, and I do appreciate your kind comments on this true institution - if we still had it today, I think the world would certainly be a better and more humane place. In the 80's ,from Michigan' I took my daughter on a bus trip to Chicago, to spend a day downtown, and we spent most of the day at Marshall Fields, where I was just amazed at the architecture, history, g oods, and the old clock outside. This is the most difficult job of an historian to maintain perspective. The Dickens Carolers were singing and the Fairy Queen was spreading her magic dust to every child. In addition, Richardson designed several commercial structures, such as the Cheney Building 1875-76 , Hartford, and three stores in Boston for the Ames family.
I guess that Neiman Marcus was too much to compete with! In 1867 Richardson went into partnership with Charles Dexter Gambrill, who acted as business manager for the firm. People mattered in the old department stores that were great! Just like Doctors making house calls customer service unfortunately is almost non-existent today! He designed houses, community libraries, suburban railroad stations, educational buildings, and commercial and civic structures. I would love to get in contact with anyone who is familiar with their antique jewelry. Again, thanks for helping to keep things accurate Anonymous I worked in Chicago during the 60's and 70's and I shopped at Marshall Fields each payday. They were subsequently moved and are now installed amongst other significant Chicago architectural fragments in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Graham Foundation. Next in line was a store in the western suburbs of Chicago, at Oakbrook Center.
I have been searching in vain about 10 years for the recipe of the little tea cookies with the pink icing that you would sometimes get if you were very lucky if they were passing them out at the Crystal Palace. With the engineering innovation, they developed the skyscraper. Among the notable projects from this phase of his career are his buildings at Sever Hall, Harvard University 1878-80 - which featured 60 different types of carved bricks and two unique turrets - and Austin Hall 1881-84 ; a series of small libraries, primarily those in the Boston suburbs of Woburn, North Easton, Quincy and Maiden, and a series of railroad stations inspired by Japanese designs , including nine for the Boston and Albany Railroad Company, many of which were landscaped by Richardson's regular collaborator, Frederick Law Olmsted 1822-1903. I really missed out on something quite wonderful. Our mission is to spark excitement in architecture, history, and design through a dynamic exploration of Glessner House, its family, and its preservation.