They All Fall Down: Richard Nickel's Struggle to Save America's Architecture

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Preservation Press, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1994 - Buildings - 261 pages
This compelling biography covers Nickel's youth on Chicago's West Side, his army service in the mid-1940s, his studies at the Institute of Design, and his attempts to save buildings and salvage works of art until his death in 1972 while salvaging material from Sullivan's Stock Exchange Building. More than a biography, this book chronicles the early days of the historic preservation movement, interweaving portraits of other important figures such as Mayor Richard J. Daley, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Aaron Siskind. Featured are more than 70 duotone photographs in a special "portfolio" section, printed on archival paper, taken by Nickel throughout his crusade to save Chicago's buildings. A remarkably low price for so much book. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Every time I read this, I get all choked up and have to put the book down at least once. It's hard not to get so mad at Mayor Daley (Daley I) when you read this and then look at Lost Chicago. Read full review


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Mark Jacob served as executive news editor and Sunday editor at the "Chicago Sun-Times" before moving on to the "Chicago"" Tribune. "Richard Cahan, once the "Chicago"" Sun-Times'" picture editor, was the director of CITY 2000. Jacob and Cahan are coauthors of "The Game That Was: The George Brace Baseball Photo Collection,

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