happy birthday, bg.
Out of hiding for one of the best.
Depending on the day, if you ask me who my favorite architect is (or maybe my top 5), Bertrand Goldberg is likely to come up. I grew up in the shadow of Chicago (a few cornfields away in Indiana), so Goldberg's work connects me to a city that throughout my life has been a pretty magical place. Goldberg, the architect of corncob skyscrapers and cloverleaf hospitals, was born on this day in 1913, so in honor of his birthday, I've rounded up some of my favorite BG posts. Enjoy.
bertrand goldberg's heimbach house
One of Goldberg's earliest commissions, the Heimbach House was both a thriving medical practice AND the home to a young family. Oh yeah, and he was only 26 when he designed it.
the helstein house
From one of his earliest residential commissions to one of his last, here BG channels Corbu for something pretty special. Also, this might be one of my favorite posts I've written to date, so if you have to read just one- this is it.
BG strikes again
The kind of strange but wonderful thing you expect from Goldberg- this building for Wright College is just plain gutsy (and it works!).
midMOD monday: BG's astor tower
Excuse my terrible photographs, I was trying to get a few shots as the sun set and a security guard shouted. Astor Tower is great though, made even better with an appearance by Nancy Goldberg.
happy birthday, bertrand goldberg.
An early claass HAUS post full of photographs and a flair for dramatic writing. Maybe not by best but still worth a look.
Image at top:
Helstein House living room, private study on balcony. Hedrich-Blessing photograph, n.d. Available at bertrandgoldberg.org.
9/3/2020 09:31:35 pm
I always find birthday as pleasant events. I mean, it is something that we should definitely celebrate. There are people who do not do it, and it is fine by me. I absolutely get that there are people who do not want to enjoy their birthdays. To me, there is nothing that I would love more to do than to live until I am one hundred. I hope that it happens, I think it would be the best birthday ever.
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