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Friday, February 19, 2010

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - An Amazing Architectural Achievement


For Memorial Weekend 2008 we drove up to Chicago.  David and I have been to Chicago sightseeing and for work a number of times, but the boys had not.  There is sooo much to see for the kids.  High on the list was the John Hancock Building.

Years before David and I toured both the Sears Tower and the Hancock Building.  The Hancock is not as tall, but the lines are a lot shorter!  And I love the architectural design of the Hancock Building.  We walked from our hotel and the boys were impressed as they saw it in the distance.  Ironically this picture below that I took is almost identical to the page in the book!

From the top, the views of Lake Michigan are really great.  Here's looking south.

Looking north.

Oh, Brennan you look so young.

They have a cool thing where the kids can "wash the windows" and have their pictures taken.

From the Book:
#53 - An Amazing Architectural Achievement
Most buildings exist to serve a purpose: to shelter us from the elements, or to give us a place to sleep, eat, study, or shop.  But every once in awhile, a building comes along that goes soaring beyond the basic requirements of tis purpose and transforms the landscape around it and changes our idea of what a building can be.  Such a building make us feel special just by looking at it or being inside it.  It inspires us and makes us say "wow!"  When you see a building like this, you'll really get it - architecture is a form of art and you've just seen a masterpiece.

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