Stairs from the nameless street


A curvy staircase going from one street (that Google maps just refuses to provide a name for) to the intersection of E. South Water Street and North Park Drive, and on to Lake Shore East Park.

I guess people in Chicago know this, but it came as news to me:  those stainless steel handrails are cold, and when they get wet* they are very slippery.

downtown Chicago, Illinois

photographed 4.15.2013

*There was something called “rain” in Chicago.  I’ve read about it, but we don’t get it in Texas.  At least not in my part of the state.

Posted on April 26, 2013, in architecture, Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Not only can those handrails get cold but they get hot in the summer when the sun hits them. These are very much like the ones on the steps to the Museum and, as much as I think they are necessary and attractive, they leave a bit to be desired.
    I like this photo very much. The dark at the top of the stairs seem mysterious.


  2. Chicago? We have some steps that look nearly identical here in Denver. One day driving home I saw a woman out taking pictures of them. Doppleganger, perhaps?

    I like your site! I’ll place a link to on mine if you don’t mind…



    • John,
      It sure would make a good story if I’d ever photographed those stairs in Denver…but I haven’t.

      I don’t mind at all if you put a link on your site, and I will do the same on mine. I just stopped by your site, and liked what I saw: I’ll be back!

      Are you familiar with Brett Erickson, a photographer who lives in Hastings, Nebraska? Here’s a link to his site, in case you’ve not seen it.!/



      • I hadn’t heard of Brett Erickson, but thanks for sharing – it’s great stuff! I have a show coming up in Hastings next month – maybe I’ll see him there. Thanks!


      • He’s teaches photography at Hastings College, so he’s probably pretty easy to track down. If you find him, tell him I said hello! We met through our blogs, but then met in person last winter, when we were in a show here in Lubbock. (That show in Lubbock is probably one you’d be interested in – it’s a juried show called High and Dry, and the only requirement is that the photos be taken in an arid or semi-arid area.)


      • I’ll check out the show in Lubbock…I’m still getting used to doing shows (I started with Craft fairs last year) but I’m thrilled at the prospect of doing more. Thanks again, and I’ll be visiting your site frequently!


  3. It never before occurred to me, but this texture of concrete has a great deal in common with corrugated iron. Figures I would make that connection on your blog, rife as it is with corrugated iron, which I love. That upper wall is wonderful.
    This is the kind of metal railing, had they existed when I was a kid, I would have stuck my tongue to in the winter, and regretted.


    • I hadn’t made the connection between that concrete texture (my in-house architecture spokesperson says it’s called “fluted”) and all that corrugated metal I am always shooting. But it DOES figure that you’d be the one to notice…

      That upper wall is actually metal, though in the shot it does look more like concrete.


      • That it is metal, is probably the reason I made the connection – some subtle indicator. Why don’t architects call corrugated iron “fluted”? Might it dilute desired associations between classical columns and concrete walls? I think fluted iron is so much easier to say, and spell, than corrugated iron. (mind you, there is a thing called a fluting iron for putting pleats in clothing, and we know architects don’t do pleats too well these days – too fussy for clothing). I think this naming business is too complex for a comments box in a blog. A whole book is needed. Illustrated of course. An I nominate you to prepare it…


      • Thanks, I guess, for the nomination. I’ll get right on it.

        My in-house architect just bought a pair of pants that have pleats. I guess a fluting iron is the next step – and then we can watch his building designs soar off into the realm of decorative designs…..


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