Many people and institutions have aided my efforts along this 35-year pilgrimage. I would especially like to extend my great appreciation to John Zukowsky and Pauline Saliga, who befriended me at the start of this journey while they were at the Art Institute of Chicago. They showed me many of the “secrets” of how to maximize the vast resources of the Burnham Library.
The following are former students of mine who have each, in their own way, contributed to putting this story together (good memories!). I apologize to any that I may have forgotten (please send me an eMail and I will rectify!). They are listed in my best chronological order of their involvement:
Debbie Cohen Heller
Jennifer Colley Sodo
I would also like to thank Timothy Mennel, Executive Editor for the University of Chicago Press, and his review committee, David Van Zanten and Robert Bruegmann, for their patient review of my work and their numerous suggested revisions. Much of what you read here has been influenced their honed expertise in the history of architecture and urban design.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the work of historians who came before me in researching and writing about architecture, the skyscraper, and Chicago. We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Among those folks whose work I most admire include, in alphabetical order:
Sarah Bradford Landau
Richard Guy Wilson
David Van Zanten
A note about my sources. I have been writing this manuscript for over 35 years. I have everything footnoted (currently I have over 100 pages of footnotes.), and if you ever need one of my sources, please feel to ask. I simply decided not to include the footnotes to make your reading flow easier. As per the illustrations, I have attempted to note the source of unique images (such as a book or particular website), while those that are readily available online, are noted as such.