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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- October 09, 1872
    [The New Home of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung]

    The new building that the Illinois Staats Zeitung is erecting at the north east corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Street, is well advanced. The fourth floor will be finished this week; the niches for the statues of Guttenberg and Franklin above the third floor are already built. Alongside these statues the allegorical figures of art and science, trade and industry, Columbia and Germania, will adorn the cornice. Already the tasteful facade, though hardly half finished, arouses general admiration. Messrs. Bauer and Loebnitz are the architects. The lot on which the building stands has a Washington front of 40 ft., on Fifth Avenue of 110 ft. Besides a high basement the house will have six full stories, that is to say, fully 30,000 square feet of floor space, or three quarters of an acre. Part of this space will be rented.

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    The building will be almost 100 ft. high. All rooms are to be steam-heated. A lifting machine (elevator) likewise worked by steam, will make intercourse with the upper stories as pleasant as possible.

    The cost of the building is estimated at $100,000. The lot cost $80,000. The Bullock press, that will be put into the basement, cost $21,000. This and other new paraphernalia of the printing press, stereotyping, book-binding, etc., added together will raise the total capital investment to about a quarter of a million dollars.

    The new building that the Illinois Staats Zeitung is erecting at the north east corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Street, is well advanced. The fourth floor will be finished ...

    German
    II A 2, II A 3 c, II B 2 d 1
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- June 16, 1876
    Body of a German Found on the Lake Shore.

    The body of a man was found yesterday on the lake shore in the neighborhood of Rogers Park. From a letter found on the body it was identified as that of a German, by the name of John Becker. The letter was from Waukegan and was signed Sarah Dembran. Becker was told in the letter, that due to the opposition of the parents, he should look for another girl friend. Besides the letter a knife was found, the blade of which fitted the wound perfectly.

    Becker was a fresco painter and came as such to Chicago about two years ago. He had taken part in the Franco-German War and was 30 years of age. His last works were the mural paintings in Koody's Church, corner of Chicago Ave. and LaSalle St.

    The body of a man was found yesterday on the lake shore in the neighborhood of Rogers Park. From a letter found on the body it was identified as that ...

    German
    I B 3 b, II A 3 c, I B 3 a
  • Svornost -- January 17, 1882
    Bohemian Artists

    The works of two Bohemian Artists, living here in America, are known to us, that is Miss Koupal of Chicago and the newest work of Mr. T.B. Melzer of Detroit.

    Miss Koupal's paintings which are exhibited in private and public exhibitions, and one a portrayal of a gypsy woman which was also shown at the State Exhibition, are being highly praised in American Art circles and the Lady is recognized as having remarkable talent.

    Recently we had the pleasure of seeing a large portrait painting done on canvas by Mr. Melzer, who spent some time in our city. It is a portrait of our fellow-citizen, Louis Pregler. The portrait shown is a bust figure about one-half life size. It shows Mr. Pregler in the uniform of an Officer of the United States Army, The artist was very successful in the painting of the portrait, which is at present on exhibition at the place of business of Mr. Ant. Pregler, 440 Jefferson St. The portrait proves the extraordinary skill of the young Artist, scarcely 26 years old, and we congratulate Mr. Melzer and heartily wish him success in his future efforts.

    The works of two Bohemian Artists, living here in America, are known to us, that is Miss Koupal of Chicago and the newest work of Mr. T.B. Melzer of Detroit. ...

    Bohemian
    II A 3 c
  • Svornost -- October 27, 1884
    The Memorable Day of the Reverence to Bohemian Art in America.

    The unveiling of the portrait of Jungmann, painted by Chicago's Bohemian Artist, Mrs. Maria Koupalova - Luskova.

    Last Sunday at 2 P.M., in the Bohemian National Hall, on 18th Street, a large audience of prominent Bohemians, called in by the Chairman of the Lodge, was present at the unveiling of the portrait of Mr. Jungmann, ordered by the Lodge and painted by the noted Bohemian Artist, Mrs. Maria Koupalova- Luskova.

    The artist and her husband, the lawyer, C.D.Luser, were invited to the ceremony.

    The celebration was opened with a speech by the Chairman, J. Rezny.

    The portrait was placed on a table on the side of the hall in a space very well lighted. At the last words of the speaker, the veil dropped and before us appeared Jungmann, life size, seated in a chair with a manuscript in his hand. The picture is 6 feet high and 4 feet wide in a richly gilded frame. It is a 2veritable image of our patriot, Jungman, artistically finished by our young painter who is acknowledged in the highest art circles of America.

    This picture will be an adornment of our National Hall for many years and an artistic remembrance and pride for the Jungmann Lodge. Every educated Bohemian, visiting Chicago, should not miss seeing this beautiful and precious portrait. The artist, Mrs. Luskova was paid $75. However, it is worth $300. The frame cost $40.

    Mr. Lusek, in the name of his wife, expressed his thanks for the acknowledgment of her work and congratulated the Jungmann lodge on its progress and cultural work. A guest from St. Louis Father Fr. Masek praised the progress of the Bohemians in Chicago and the choice of the artist. The Committee and a few guests than passed downstairs, where refreshments were served.

    The celebration was finished with many toasts to the artist, to the lodges and to Jungmann's honor. We must confess truthfully that this celebration left a very deep impression and in our imagination we visioned the future of the Bohemian people in America. We can see at this time more and more glimmering lights, far 3away from us, that are marking a long life for our nation. To-day's celebration marked the erection of one more monument, permanent and effective for the honor and memory of the Bohemians in America. We always can point to it with pride.

    The unveiling of the portrait of Jungmann, painted by Chicago's Bohemian Artist, Mrs. Maria Koupalova - Luskova. Last Sunday at 2 P.M., in the Bohemian National Hall, on 18th Street, ...

    Bohemian
    II C, IV, II A 3 c
  • Skandinaven -- May 24, 1887
    Hojbak the Artist

    A picture, painted by Ole Hojbak, is on exhibition at the corner of Milwaukee and Chicago Avenues.

    The picture is fifteen feet high and eleven feet wide. This picture is the best that has been exhibited here.

    A picture, painted by Ole Hojbak, is on exhibition at the corner of Milwaukee and Chicago Avenues. The picture is fifteen feet high and eleven feet wide. This picture is ...

    Norwegian
    II A 3 c, IV
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- March 01, 1888
    A Work of Art Sculpture

    A work of art which has been ordered by a well known citizen for the grave of a beloved relative is now nearing completion at the sculptural establishment of Mr. Franz Engelmann. It is a statue of St. Elizabeth, larger than life-size. The clay model which has just been finished, shows the Saint as the regent, a splendid figure of aristocratic bearing, holding a loaf of bread in one hand and with the other gathering the folds of her dress which contains a profusion of roses.. The expression of the lovely face and the mild pious eyes is indeed devine, the figure and the enshrouding drapery with its folds, the work of a master. Mr. Engelmann will become well-known as a result of this achievement, which will be executed in white Massachusetts granited by Mr. E. Burkhardt. It is to be mounted on a nine foot substructure, hewn from grey granite. Beyond doubt, it will be the most beautiful and artistic monument that ever graced a grave in Chicago Of course, the artist is not a novice, he is a pupil of the well-known German Sculptor, Prof. Karl Kauer, and of Prof. Volz of Karlsruhe. Mr. Engelmann was awarded the first Student prize, in recognition for his plans and sketches of mausoleum for a family at Mannheim. He came to America 1½ years ago, and modelled the statue "The Emigrant" for a New York building, then the "Goddess of Liberty", a 14 ft. Figure for the Capitol of Texas. He is now located in Chicago.... his studio and workshop are at the S. W. Corner of State and Monroe Streets.

    A work of art which has been ordered by a well known citizen for the grave of a beloved relative is now nearing completion at the sculptural establishment of Mr. ...

    German
    II A 3 c, III H, IV
  • Svornost -- April 03, 1890
    Art Exhibition

    The "Palette Club" of women artists, in conjunction with the "Chicago Society of Artists", has arranged an exhibition at the Art Institute which is to last two weeks and which was opened yesterday with a large attendance.

    To the formation of the Palette Club, to which recognized women artists belong, impulse was given several years ago, by our eminent artist, Mrs. M.K. Lusk, and to her honor it was then known as the "Bohemian Club." Later, however, when Mrs. Lusk, withdrew from activity, the name was changed to "Palette."

    There are on exhibition, several paintings by Mr. Jos. Klira. In the section devoted to women's works, Mrs. Lusk has eight successful paintings on exhibition.

    All in all, the exhibition is very successful thus far. At yesterday's opening, many art loving Bohemians were present, and to meet with our countrymen at such affairs always affords us great pleasure.

    The "Palette Club" of women artists, in conjunction with the "Chicago Society of Artists", has arranged an exhibition at the Art Institute which is to last two weeks and which ...

    Bohemian
    II A 3 c, IV, II B 1 c 3
  • Svornost -- September 03, 1890
    Distinguished Work of Bohemian Artist

    As in previous years, there is being held, this year, at the exhibition building, an exhibition of creative and artistic works, and with great pleasure we note, that in the art section, we come upon the work of a Bohemian Artist, a work acknowledged by critics, with unusual praise. The picture exhibited is the work of our well-known painter, Mrs. Koupal-Lusk, and depicts an old-maid seated on a chair. In her hand she holds a book, the pages of which almost all have been read, the old maid is coming to the end of the book---and is reflecting.

    Looking upward, it seems as though she had been reading from the book of her life, thinking over the experiences of the past. The painting is very appropriately titled, The Beginning of the Last Chapter."

    The coloring of the painting is perfect, the subject well chosen and artistically executed, so that we can only congratulate our artist for her work.

    As in previous years, there is being held, this year, at the exhibition building, an exhibition of creative and artistic works, and with great pleasure we note, that in the ...

    Bohemian
    II A 3 c, IV, II B 1 c 3
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- November 01, 1890
    In Regard to the Goethe Monument, Which Was Been Proposed for Lincoln Park.

    It will be remembered that the "Schwaben-Verein intends to dedicate a statue to Goethe, the old master of German literature. It is to be erected in Lincoln Park, opposite his friend and famous compatriot, Schiller. The necessary funds are to be obtained, by appealing to all the Germans of our city and thus far, the Schwaben-Verein has succeeded in raising $1,000.00, from its own resources. Carl Haerting, who is a member of the Schwaben-Verein traveled to his old fatherland last summer. Partially at the instigation of the association members and because of his own initiative he viewed the most known and valuable monuments of the heroic poet, in order to find a suitable model for the Chicago locality. Mr. Haerting came to the definite conclusion, that the statue at the Thiergarten, (Zoological Garden), Berlin, is most preferable. It has always been conceded, that it is the most beautiful and ideal, since it represents the great man in the prime of his life and in a most serene manner. The originator is the famous sculptor Schaper. The result of Mr. Haerting's inquiries, in regard to a reproduction of the magnificent masterpiece for our Chicago district, brought the 2following response from the artist. "Berlin, Oct. 14, 1890. Estimates for a reproduction of the Goethe monument which I orizinally made for Berlin. In regard to the above monument, which I executed in marble; the necessary models thereto were made at the time. They are one half as large the finished product. I customarily work in this manner, as it gives me grater latitude when proceeding with the marble cutting. There are, therefore, no full sized models available, only those of one half the dimensions and a copy of the monument could therefore be made. If the statue is to be reproduced in bronze, them full sized model, patterned after the smaller ones will have to be made, so that a form for the cast can be obtained. In this case, however, a few minor changes will be essential because of the inherent peculiarities of the different material. For my part, I would prefer to make the reproduction in marble, as the entire appearance will be more sympathetic, artistic and effective. It is true though, that the durability of marble, when compared with bronze, is rather short, but a work art made of marble makes an animated intimate impression, direct from the artist to the beholder, whilst in bronze it is cool and abstract.

    If, in the course of time, the marble should show signs of deterioration, then a form made of it and a subsequent cast in bronze, will assure its continued existence.

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    This method has been used repeatedly here, whereby monuments from the last century have been preserved, (Ziethen, the old Dessauer, etc. Field Marshal Ziethen from Dessau, army of Fredric the Great.) "However, by exercizing due care in the cutting of the marble cautious selection of material and in a fair climate, marble of second quality will last longer then the one century, but during that period one bus the unristricted effect of the artist's true conception.

    In regard to the size of the monument, the surroundings must be taken in to consideration. Here, in Berlin, the monument is almost entirely surrounded by dense shrubs, so that it appears to standing a closed room. In a more open space, the proportions should be larger. The total height of the Berlin creation is 6.00 meters; that of Goethe, 2.70 meters. In free surroundings, the figure should reach 3.00 meters, and the entire monument 7. meters. I have been informed, that the work should be in readiness for the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. This entails considerable difficulty but is not impossible, provided that the labors are promptly started, at the beginning of 1891.

    In regard to the price of the monument, according to my present estimate it would require 130,000 to 150,000 marks: somewhat higher for bronze.

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    If it is preferred, however, to produce a suitable companion piece to the Chicago Schiller monument, then the Goethe statue, alone would suffice: cast in bronze, mounted on a simple granite pedestal, similar to the Schiller monument. This would naturally diminish the price to almost one third of the above sum, and the completion of the monument by 1893 would be assured.

    The enclosed photographs give a view of the monument in its entirety, and then separate portrayals of each pedestal groups. Pictures showing the Goethe statue, only, have not been made, but it would be a simple matter to obtain a good, small but accurate copy which could be mailed.

    In the belief, that I have answered all the desired phases of this proposition, I remain Very respectfully, F. Schaper, F. Schaper, Berlin , W. Buchen Strasse 4."

    The photographs which professor Schaper forward, will be placed on exposition at some suitable place to enable those who are interested in the proposition, to obtain a comprehensive idea. The artist has also offered to mail a small picture of his Goethe figure, in which the ornamental and magnificent pedestal groups are excluded. But, since the original object was to obtain in a counterpart for 5our Schiller monument, it is obvious that a bronze reproduction mounted on a simple granite foundation, as described by the artist, will be mostly favored by the committee. This accomplishment gives the Germans an opportunity to display their noble ambitions and deeds before the enlightened Americans. There should be no procrastination so that the "World's Fair" visitors from the fatherland will find the two figures of these foremost aristocratic poets here.

    It will be remembered that the "Schwaben-Verein intends to dedicate a statue to Goethe, the old master of German literature. It is to be erected in Lincoln Park, opposite his ...

    German
    II C, V A 1, III B 2, II A 3 c
  • Svenska Tribunen -- May 28, 1891
    Returns from Scientific Expedition.

    A. M. Westergren, the artist, returned last week to Chicago from a scientific expedition along the west coast of South America. This expedition, which lasted four months, and was conducted by the United States Government under the supervision of the eminent authority, Prof. Agassiz, had as its object the study of deep sea formations, which were drawn and depicted by Westergren.

    A. M. Westergren, the artist, returned last week to Chicago from a scientific expedition along the west coast of South America. This expedition, which lasted four months, and was conducted ...

    Swedish
    IV, III D, II A 3 c