Monday, March 22, 2010

Tiffany Dome atop the Atrium at Marshall Field

This week last year I spend the better part of a day in Chicago in transit to Syracuse to uncover our perennial garden of its fall coat of suffocating leaves. We had been gone to St. Louis for seven months. If I could give it a good going-over, I hoped it would have a better chance to survive the lack of care until the summer, when I would be back to give it a stiff weeding. We, of course, still had no idea that we would be moving back to Syracuse and our home and garden.

So, I had this luxurious day to explore a city I know very little about. I took the train from St. Louis early in the morning and had about 9 hours before the overnight to New York was due to depart.

I set out on foot. Who hasn't heard of Marshall Field? I wanted to see this architectural landmark, and what I found, among other things, is this Tiffany dome on a five story atrium. The store has changed hands; it retains all the grandeur of its original conception and it has multiple historic designations that will help ensure its survival.     

Monday, March 8, 2010

Shaw's Garden

Witch hazel February 15 2009