The Chicago area was initially inhabited by Algonquian peoples, including the Mascouten and Miami. The name "Chicago" is the French version of the Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa("Stinky Onion"), named for the plants common along the Chicago River. The first settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable who built a farm at the mouth of the Chicago River in the 1780s. In 1829, the Illinois legislature appointed commissioners to locate a canal and lay out the surrounding town, which at the time had a population of less that 100. After 1830, the rich farmlands of northern Illinois attracted Yankee settlers. Real estate operators created a city overnight. The city was built in a low-lying area subject to flooding. In 1856 the city council decided that the entire city should be elevated four to five feet by using a newly available jacking-up process. Between 1870 and 1900 Chicago grew from a city of 299,000 to nearly 1.7 million, at the time the fastest-growing city ever. In 1871, most of the city burned in the Great Chicago Fire. Developers and citizens began immediate reconstruction on the existing Jeffersonian grid. The building boom that followed saved the city's status as the transportation and trade hub of the Midwest. Massive reconstruction using the newest materials and methods catapulted Chicago into its status as a city on par with New York. It became the birthplace of modern architecture in the United States. The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture. It features prominent buildings in a variety of styles by many important architects. Since most buildings within the downtown area were destroyed by the Fire, Chicago buildings are noted for their originality rather than their antiquity.
This 3d map of Chicago, at a scale of 1:5000, is centred on the Loop. It is a single plaster tile measuring 30x30cm encapsulated in a perspex frame. The model can wall hang or be displayed on a desk or table top.
Some images of Chicago.
|MATERIAL||Plaster, metal etching, acrylic box frame|
|DIMENSIONS||12in high, 12in wide, 4in deep & 6.5lb approximately.|
|REINHARD from GERMANY||January 13 2019|
|The pictures arrived today with me. I am very excited! The pictures are really fantastic! Thank you very much.|
|NICK ARMATA from BOSTON, MA USA||January 10 2019|
|Just got my model in the mail, such a great addition to me shelf! Not to mention the shipping was ridiculously fast for shipping halfway around the world! Thanks for providing such a great product, the only issue is which model to get next!. You guys are great; keep up the great work!|
|TRACEY NEWLOVE from SOUTH WALES||January 04 2019|
|The cityscape I order from you arrived safely and on time in Atlanta and son and daughter-in-law were delighted with their Christmas present. Our daughter-in-law is an illustrator and graphic designer and she loved the craftsmanship. You were a delight to do business with. Thank you.|
|STEPHEN WALKER from ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE||December 27 2018|
|We are delighted with the model of Venice. I was impressed by the model itself but you did a good job with the packaging too, the very fragile plasterwork arrived in good shape. I opted the unpainted option as the bright blue of the grand canal looked a bit garish. Presentation is good with the perspex cover. Just mulling over weather to leave it as is or figure out how to hang it on the wall. Thanks again, regards Steve Walker|
|MARCO from CANADA||December 27 2018|
|Happy Christmas guys, fantastic as always, pride of place on the fir place.|
|Eric Doctorow from Palm Springs||December 20 2018|
|Will you be making more Flatiron Building models?|
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