Tag Archives: Fall 1996


779 Bryant Avenue

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1996 Shaw House Evokes Timeless Elegance Few architects cut across centuries of design with the aplomb of Howard Van Doren Shaw. Using historic elements in innovative ways, he seamlessly married different styles into a coherent whole. His work was stylish, yet understated. Although “architect to […]

Frank Windes' plans for the track depression project, 1906. Notice how similar his designs are to the way the tracks and bridge appear today at Elm Street.

“F” is for Frank Windes

Gazette Article by Daniel Berenbeg, Fall 1996 Updated 2022 Frank Windes played a major role in many aspects of Winnetka’s development, from civil engineering to the Fourth of July celebration. Born in Jasper, Tennessee in 1872, he moved here from Chicago with his family in 1879. Windes grew up in Winnetka, attending Winnetka schools and […]

David Plowden

David Plowden

Gazette Article by Barbara Joyce, Fall 1996 Updated July 2022 “…Remembrance of Things Passing” Because our kinetic lives are filled with noise and color and confusion, the black and white still photograph provides the best way to see the world.  This is the opinion of David Plowden, photographer and writer of national distinction and Winnetka resident […]

lady elgin

Rescuing the Lady Elgin

Gazette Article by: Jane Carroll Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1996 Excursion steamer Lady Elgin c1860 Image courtesy of Chicago Sunday Tribune Marathon Litigation Continues over Future of Wreck September 8, 1996, marked the 136th anniversary of the wreck of the Lady Elgin, one of the worst inland maritime disasters in United States history. The […]

Why Does Our Train Run on the Wrong Track?

Why Does Our Train Run on the Wrong Track?

Gazette Article by: Tom Hermes Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1996 There is no easy answer to the question, “Why does the Chicago & North Western Railroad run on the left track?” In fact, the entire original system is left-handed. Although it is the only one of its kind in the United States, no records […]