richard nickel's institute of design scrapbook now digitized

i recently completed digitizing  i visually compelling and deeply insightful photo album assembled by noted chicago architectural photographer, historian, and salvager, richard nickel.

the silver gelatin photographs were taken between 1949-1954 while nickel attended the chicago institute of design, which at the time, was located in the former henry ives cobb-designed richardsonian romanesque building.

completed in 1892, the structure housed the chicago historical society (their previous location burned in the great chicago fire o 1871) until 1931 when the they moved to their current location in lincoln park. the building later housed a magazine publisher, the works progress administration (wpa), the loyal order of moose, and the chicago institute of design between 1946-1956.

the digitized images were made possibly through chicago cultural historian tim samuelson, who possesses the oversized photo-album given to him by a relative of richard nickel.

captions will be added when time permits. for basic background information on richard nickel and his life's work, click here. for more information on the institute of design click here.

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