Root played the organ every Sunday morning at the First Presbyterian Church. ... He had a sly sense of humor. One Sunday morning he played the organ with a particular gravity. It was a while before anyone noticed he was playing "Shoo, Fly."I wonder what they would have thought of our Essencia Island. Ha! As you can see, I haven't gotten very far into the book, but I thought I'd share what I'd found.
Each man recognized and respected the other's skills. The resultant harmony was reflected in the operation of their office ... Burnham also created an office culture that anticipated that of businesses that would not appear for another century. He installed a gym. During lunch hour employees played handball. Burnham gave fencing lessons. Root played impromptu recitals on a rented piano. "The office was full of a rush of work ... but the spirit of the place was delightfully free and easy and human in comparison with other offices..."
Thursday, June 5, 2008
DWC ~ getting to know Burnham & Root
Daniel Burnham and his partner John Root "were Chicago's leading architects" (p. 14). I enjoyed a couple of paragraphs on page 27, one about Root and the other about how they operated their business. I think I would have liked these fellows: