Chicago, As It Was, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Aerial view of city along river. Sailboats and steamboats out on river and in and out of canal. Landmarks labeled under print. Left to right: “Lake Park”; “Mouth of River”; “Court House”; “Dr Colyer’s Church”; “South Branch River”; “North Branch River”.

This map of Chicago was printed by Currier & Ives to document the city’s landscape prior to the two historic fires that took place in 1871 and 1893. Lake Michigan appears in the foreground, with the entrance to a canal that runs through the heart of the city. Many ships, both sail and steam, navigated the waters of the lake.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
14 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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