Shared History, Part 2: The Full Story on the Mecca Flats and IIT

Since I posted about the event at IIT earlier this week, Lynn Becker of ArchitectureChicago Plus has reposted a piece he wrote about the full story of IIT and Mecca Flats in 2014.   He originally published it to accompany Tim Samuelson’s exhibit on Mecca Flat Blues at the Chicago Cultural Center.

It’s a very thorough essay on a significant part of Chicago’s cultural history, so I thought I’d repost it here.

Read it and weep for a major piece of “suppressed cultural history, and an epic expression of architecture’s tragic suspension between power and impotence.”

Thanks for recounting the details, Lynn!