A leading architectural salvage industry expert’s new book documents – with full-page, glossy photos – significant artifacts removed over the years from many of Chicago’s most architecturally important buildings.
BLDG51 features more than 200 pages glossy full page photographs by Eric Nordstrom, owner of Urban Remains – a leading Chicago architectural antiques company. Through his book, Nordstrom documents the artifacts he’s personally rescued from Louis Sullivan- and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, as well as remnants from Chicago theaters and sites that include the Athletic Club Association, Reliance Building, Union Station, and Noel State Bank. The catalog of objects, available here, chronicles Nordstrom's burgeoning collection as it exists under his BLDG. 51 museum and gallery in Chicago.
“I just wanted to deliver a book, containing images of artifacts that were removed from Chicago's historic buildings - nothing more, nothing less,” Nordstrom says.
And while he has plans to publish additional industry-related books, he says some may have to wait until he retires from actively salvaging buildings,
“Until that time however, I will continue to salvage, excavate and publish what remains of 19th century Chicago, both above and below ground,” Nordstrom explains.