Architecture as didactic teacher: The credence of historical primacy as trope for Chicago’s raison d’être.
The locally-famous Widow Clarke home provides this
research with unique insights into an early settlement residence
whose multiple owners pursued a myriad of decades-long
preservation options which ultimately came to fruition upon
establishment of the home’s alpha-status. Architectural fabric
thus was found to provide necessary credence to proclaim past
ephemeral history once again tangible. Direct politicallymotivated
initiatives provided providence for the celebration of
the birth and establishment of this Midwestern American
municipality on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan, known today
as the city of Chicago.