I drew this a few years back in pen and ink. I love the ways that Chicago's streets and homes carry themes through them. Nowhere is this more evident than in the patterns created by this particular two-flat style, which echoes throughout the city.
This piece is printed on bright white linen stock #80 paper, which sharpens the contrast with the black line work and textures. Made for the fan of Chicago neighborhood architecture.
The "two-flat" is a sturdy residential style that exploded in Chicago in the early 1900s and took variations in brick and greystone. Many of Chicago's neighborhoods feature street after street of these stately, castle-like homes. They once were a way for families to enjoy close, multi-generational living quarters; now, many of the buildings are split between two families, often one owning and one renting.