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  • 9 Vintage Maps of Chicago You Must See

    Chicago

    Chicago has always been one of America's most iconic cities. Sitting in the heart of the Midwest, since the dawn of the country the Windy City has always been a passageway for travelers traveling from coast to coast. The diverse city has been a nexus of American culture. Many consider it the metropolis that best exemplifies the national architecture, as the sky scraper was birthed there (arguably) and the country's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was based out of there for much of his career. Chicago is a city, like San Francisco, that very much has a unified architectural style. That is largely the result of the Chicago Fire og 1871. The fire completely decimated the city. And like the San Francisco 1906 earthquake, had to be practically rebuilt from the ground up. Here are 9 amazing maps--some before the fire and others fire from 1859-1938. Enjoy!

    1859

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  • 5 Awesome Maps of Mars

    Mars

    While we specialize in world globes, sometimes it is good to extend one's gaze into the heavens. Mars has been of particular interest recently, after NASA recently found water on the planet. Last year, The Martian, with Matt Damon highlighted the red planet as well. With the Curiosity Rover getting more and more pics of the planet, we are learning more about it than we ever had. With many planned missions to Mars on the horizon in the next decade or so, it is the next frontier for humanity to conquer as we venture farther and farther into space. Nothing will beat the beauty of our own special world globe here on earth, but Mars is a close second!

    Ordinance Survey

    The famous UK mapping agency Ordinace Survey created this beautiful map of Mars with their distinctive class and style. Using data from NASA, see about 3.8 million square miles of Mars surface with this colorful map. Be sure to bring this next time you venture to the red planet to find your way around.

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  • 12 Dazzling Maps of London

    London

    London, England is one of the world globe's greatest cities. Historic, enormous, diverse and innovative, this city has been one of the great hubs of human activity for almost 2000 years when the ancient Romans originally set up the city. Here are 12 amazing maps of the famous city to help deepen your appreciation of the metropolis.

    London's Daily Commutes

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  • 4 Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings in Chicago

    The Rookery

    rookery lobbyThe architectural pair Daniel H. Burnham and John Wellborn Root, as Burnham and Root, collaborated in 1887-1888 to create the famous Rookery building in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire. The 11 story building was one of the city's very first skyscrapers and remains the oldest standing skyscraper in Chicago to this day. Root, inspired by Moorish, Byzantine, Ventian and Romanesque styles to create its recognziable interior and exteriors, while using then modern building fashions to create a contemporary masterwork. However, in 1905, a then-young Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned, in his first major gig, to renovate the interior lobby of the Rookery, in the famous light court. Wright brought his Prairie style to the interior of the lobby, and also added significant white marble and golden colored Persian-style ornamentation to the lobby. His geometric lighting fixtures complement the court, opening up the space to more available light. The lobby, having undergone renovation yet again in the 1930's, has since been restored to Frank Lloyd Wright's original design.

     

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