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Friday, March 05, 2004
The Armour House, home of J. Ogden Armour, ‘heir to the Armour meat-packing fortune’, photographed here by Lightningfield. Armour crops up in the re-print of Fortune’s very first rich list, from way back in 1918 (a fascinating piece nearly scuppered by impenetrable page design). He’s also the Armour in the Armour Institute. 'The [Armour] house was constructed between 1904 and 1908 at a cost of ten million dollars under the guidance of architect Arthur Heun, designer of mansions for many of Chicago's wealthiest business and social leaders. The cost included two million dollars for gardens and grounds designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen.'

Arthur Heun was also responsible for the amazingly ersatz Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan, built for a former acting director of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, a Mr Albert Loeb and his wife Anna (early S, R + B photos). 'When complete, the farm was opened to the public. Visitors could buy cheese and ice cream, watch the local baseball team play, or see the registered livestock and latest farming inventions.' More recently, it’s played host to rock concerts and weddings. The architecture itself is based on the classic northern French barn, but ends up having more in common with Viollet le Duc’s restoration of Carcassonne, a stunning, but mostly bogus recreation. Related: urban exploration of a ruined Armour packing plant in St Louis.

Virtual urbanism. An amazing BT tower photo via 2lmc spool / J.C.Backings create, and rent, backdrop paintings. Check their rentals gallery, including big cities and skyscapes and sunsets / Chicago, Illinois, mile x mile, a super-dense way of photographically envisioning the city (would only work in America, sadly), via Coudal / Audacity.org presents a critique of the urban visions of Will Alsop (related: images of South London and his Peckham Library, part of the huge stem photo index) / images of Las Vegas.

Elsewhere. Monster toys, via the daily jive / Project Adorno, a very eccentric musical ensemble / Stylus Magazine, music and reviews / you have got to love the Jensen Interceptor / paint like Jackson Pollock (via Phathouse). More colours please! / Quicktime visits to cockpits and planes (via bowblog) / lobster claw and drawing, neat flash experiments at stamen.

Many thanks to solipistic for the ongoing help with the gallery. We're still not quite there, yet.