Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Alta Vista Terrace Series

The next five images are part of the Alta Vista Terrace Series, a group of fifteen acrylic-glazed, hand-pulled silkscreen prints. The images, for which artist Ruth Sackheim received a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, are painted to reflect different times of day from dawn to dusk.

Alta Vista Terrace, Chicago's first landmark district, is a quaint street of townhomes located northeast of Wrigley Field and next to Graceland Cemetery. Designed by architect J.C. Brompton between 1900 and 1904, the tiny street was built after developer Samuel Eberly Gross visited London and took a liking to the row houses he saw there. Sometimes called the "Street of Forty Doors," Alta Vista Terrace is comprised of forty townhouses. There are twenty different exterior styles. Each townhouse on one side of the street is duplicated with only minor variations at the diagonally opposite end of the block.
 
Acrylic glazed silkscreens, 24" X 30" framed. Left: Alta Vista Terrace Portico at Noon. Center: Alta Vista Terrace Doorway at Noon. Right: Alta Vista Terrace Tower at Noon.

Acrylic glazed silkscreens, 24" X 30" framed. Left: Alta Vista Terrace Doorway at Dusk. Right: Alta Vista Terrace Tower at Dusk.

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