Who knows what terra cotta is?
From the Chicago Architecture Foundation's website:
"Latin words for "cooked earth"; a building material such as a tile piece; terra cotta is made from moist clays formed in molds and then fired at a very high temperature in a kiln"
You see a lot of terra cotta decoration on Chicago buidings. When walking around even in neighborhoods, look up above the store windows on some buildings & you'll probably find some terra cotta.
Let's say you find yourself in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. First, go get something yummy to eat at Cafe Selmarie and get something for me too. (Priorities people!) Second, walk south on Lincoln to 4611. That is the former Krause Music Store designed by Louis Sullivan. Take a look at this masterwork of terra cotta design. Pretty special!
Sarah Rothschild, Realtor & Architectural History Nerd.