I’m not usually one to visit the places I write about. More often than not, I am simply unable to do so. (Arkansas State Prison in 1933, Dale Farm in Essex, England - some of which is now destroyed)
However, living in the Windy City, I do have the opportunity to visit sites built by Burnham & Root - heroes of the musical I’m writing.
Today, for example, I toured The Rookery, which they not only designed but where they also had their offices (the building was later renovated by Frank Lloyd Wright). The 11th floor, in fact, has the very library where the greatest architects of the late 19th and early 20th century met to plan the 1893 Columbian Exposition. I felt pretty privileged to see it. And grateful that preservationists have restored it.
I’d highly recommend the tour, if you’re in Chicago and at all dig history or architecture.