October 4, 2007
Vol. 27 No. 2

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    Chicago idol

    Two Chicago landmarks that are among 25 sites vying for restoration funding from the American Express Partners in Preservation Chicagoland Initiative are located in Hyde Park. Lorado Taft’s Fountain of Time sculpture near Washington Park (above, being cleaned by a conservator) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House on Woodlawn Avenue (below) seek a share of the restoration grants, which will total $1 million. The Chicago area sites, which also include the Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church on Wabash Avenue, Bohemian National Cemetery on the North Side and the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall in Downers Grove, Ill., were selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. A Web-based election, which encourages Chicagoans and other architecture fans to vote online until Wednesday, Oct. 10, will determine the outcome of the competition. The grant proposal for the Robie House asks for funding to restore a guest bedroom, while the Fountain of Time would gain outdoor lighting to illuminate and help protect the public artwork.