Chicago’s Gold Coast – A Great Setting for A Novel

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“Chicago has so much excellent architecture that they feel obliged to tear some of it down now and then and erect terrible buildings just to help us all appreciate the good stuff.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

I wrote Facing East, partially set in Chicago and the Northern suburbs where I grew up. As a child, on the back seat of my parents car,  the Outer Drive, Lake Michigan and the beautiful buildings along Lake Shore Drive are forever etched in my mind’s eye. I have always been fascinated with the stories I imaged behind the mansions and neighborhoods that make up The Gold Coast. The spirit of Facing East, in part, is a love song about Chicago. These photographs prove the architectural delight you will find there.   

1325 N. Dearborn north of Division Built by Cord H Gottig, a noted architect from Germany. Believe he came to Chicago in 1852 from Hamburg.

1325 N. Dearborn north of Division Built by Cord H Gottig, a noted architect from Germany. Believe he came to Chicago in 1852 from Hamburg.

 

Dearborn Parkway - Chicago

Dearborn Parkway – Chicago

Dearborn Parkway - Chicago

Dearborn Parkway – Chicago

Catalogued as the Gold Coast after an ice storm, 1930. Wire photo. Oklahoma Historical Society.

Catalogued as the Gold Coast after an ice storm, 1930. Wire photo. Oklahoma Historical Society.

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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2 Responses to Chicago’s Gold Coast – A Great Setting for A Novel

  1. dino0726 says:

    I love the first pic. Beautiful skyline!
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