First Church of Deliverance, 4315 South Wabash Avenue. This interior view shows the lighted cross above the main aisle.

Excerpt: Southern Exposure

Selected photographs from Lee Bey’s new book on South Side architecture

In Southern Exposure, published October 15, photographer and writer Lee Bey journeys across the South Side with his “bulky 35mm Canon and tripod,” documenting the architecture that people living in the rest of the city (not to mention state or country) tend to forget about. Bey is deeply connected to his subject matter: his grandparents came to Bronzeville as part of the Great Migration, and he writes about Chicago Vocational, the high school where he trained to become a printing press operator before an English teacher encouraged him to pursue journalism. Throughout the book, Bey weaves together his sharp photographs with their historical context—the story of Pullman’s creation, or an account of the resurrection of Bronzeville’s Rosenwald Court Apartments. The Weekly picked out a few of the best pictures from Southern Exposure below, but go out and buy the whole thing, preferably at your nearest South Side bookseller. (Christian Belanger)

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Illinois Institute of Technology Old Main Building, 3301 South Federal Street. With its red brick and pronounced arches, this Louis Sullivan-esque building, built in 1892, was designed by architects Patton & Fischer.
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Stephen A. Foster House and Stables, 12147 South Harvard Avenue. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the residence was built in 1900 as a summer house for a Chicago attorney.
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Anthony Overton School, 221 East Forty-Ninth Street. Glass-paned, gallery-like hallways surmount the school’s south entry.
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St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 600 West Forty-Fifth Street. The church’s handsome main elevation and tower.
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Lu and Jorja Palmer House, 3656 South King Drive. Designed by William L. Clay and built in 1885, this three-story dwelling is one of the city’s best examples of the homes built for the very rich in nineteenth-century Chicago. The house is in deplorable condition, thanks to its Chicago developer owner.
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Rosenwald Apartments, Forty-Seventh Street and Michigan Avenue. The Rosenwald’s expansive interior courtyard.
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An up-close view of the Rosenwald’s brickwork.
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Lee Bey, Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side. $30. Northwestern University Press. 192 pages.

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