Downtown East Chicago

United States

Size: 18 H x 24 W x 1.5 in

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

One of the most wonderful aspects of city life, is that it is in a constant state of repair and disrepair. This is how modernization happens. There is both a restoration of the old and a rebuilding for the future and we can see that most prominently in the construction of buildings. No matter how old or new the design of buildings can be, their structures come in the most recognizable of forms, shapes and structures. I am mainly interested in the architectural style of the modernization period of the industrial revolution. I choose to focus on the recognizable and create from the simplicity of structure, design and color.

This particular building is located in East Chicago, Indiana.

East Chicago is the home of numerous industrial complexes - Steel Mills, Oil Refineries, etc. But it also has some of the most amazing buildings and old homes in the region. Their design was greatly influenced by the structures of Europe. Which makes sense, since during the peak of the great Industrial Revolution East Chicago was known as the most industrialized municipality and America’s ultimate melting pot where four out of five of its citizens were foreign-born. It was during this period in East Chicago's history that more than seventy nationalities, each with it's own ethnic based church, neighborhoods and stores, lived, worked and flourished for generations.

The City of East Chicago was incorporated in 1893, the same year as the great Columbian Exhibition on the south side of Chicago. Born of railroad and steel, East Chicago was one of northwest Indiana’s first truly industrial cities designed to meet the needs of workers and industry. The city was originally known as the Twin City, with the East Chicago (western section) separated from the Indiana Harbor section by a vast rail yard that served as the rail gateway to Chicago and the west.


Acrylic on Birch Panel
Painted surface wraps edges
Signed and dated on reverse
Ready to hang upon arrival.

Keywords: Blue, Cityscape, Brown, Building, Chicago, Precisionist, Cubism, Architecture, Green, Landscape, Minimal, Modernist

Subjects: Architecture

Styles: Art Deco, Cubism, Folk, Realism, Documentary

Mediums: Acrylic

Materials: Wood

Prints: Architecture Art Prints, Art Deco Art Prints, Cubism Art Prints, Folk Art Prints, Realism Art Prints, Documentary Art Prints, Acrylic Art Prints, Wood Art Prints

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