#1LinerWeds From Daniel Burnham

Daniel Burnham was an architect and urban planner who was the Director of Works for the Columbian Exhibition, which took place in Chicago in 1893. He was one of the chief architects of the “White City,” the subject of Erik Larson’s 2004 novel The Devil In The White City. As an urban planner, he was responsible for the 1909 Plan Of Chicago, better known as The Burnham Plan of Chicago, which was one of the first large-scale plans for urban development. This brief video talks about it.


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16 thoughts on “#1LinerWeds From Daniel Burnham”

    1. True. Chicago didn’t implement all of it, either; the Depression got in the way. Enough of the Burnham plan was implemented to make it a great city, and I’m not sure that going further with it would have made it any better.

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  1. I’m in the process of reading The Devil in the White City. My youngest lived in Chicago for 4 years during college, she read the book and recommended it to me. I’m fascinated by the history of the city. So cool that you wrote about it…a coincidence!! 🙂

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    1. I think Burnham is pretty prominent in “The Devil In The White City,” isn’t he? In 4th grade we had a Chicago history class and learned all about the famous people and events. It’s a very interesting city, but then, every city has its interesting stories. Even Toledo, Ohio, which despite its reputation is a pretty nice town.

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  2. “And now, a sketch about… architects, called… the architects’ sketch… the architects’ sketch!”

    Looks like Chicago had better planning than NYC – and certainly better than L.A.

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    1. “UP THERE! UP THERE! THE ARCHITECT SKETCH!” That whole bit is a riot, with someone then yelling “SHUT UP!” at the Gumbys, who are quiet for a minute the n start yelling “SORRY!” until someone throws water on them.

      Burnham wrote similar plans for Manila and Washington DC, and I think they actually followed the plans in Washington. No doubt New York and Los Angeles had their own progressive busybodies, but Chicago’s was better….

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  3. Unfortunately, I can’t watch the video but the architect sounds interesting and, from what I read here, he helped this city in great ways.

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  4. Wow! My son gave me that book, Devil in White City, telling me he thought he’d borrowed it from me. (He hadn’t, but he said he can’t imagine who else he borrowed it from, and that I should read it, so it sits on the shelves.) I hadn’t thought a thing of it until this post, and I do think I’ll read it. Thanks! 🙂

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