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Comparison pictures 51st-54th section, which used to look like the most broken up sections of the Point.
55th underpass, restored with new inner shell in 2002. The Fawn bronze casting and plinth with human and dog/horse watering fountain, David Wallach. (Would you believe someone stole this?) A free bike clinic on the Lakefront Bike Trail, 2003.
Series of views from where the Point begins at a completed section of concrete and steel revetment reconstruction. (Project sponsors say they have learned from the mistakes. It still has not even temporary access at the ends and is now blocked at the Point end by fences and rubble mounds.)
As you go around the Point, note the fury of the Lake at times- the promenade can be a dangerous place for children when surf's up- and the failure of sections of the old wooden support cribs and metal bracing. The concrete platform with "coffin slabs" was added in the 1960s; part of the current argument is over whether this needs to be replaced. Note also that in many places the "steps" are hard to scramble up and down: at least wear loose clothing. Many people enter for deep water and distance swimming at various places around the Point (one of the few places this is done in Chicago--and it's definitely not allowed here), in part made easier by silting close to shore, especially on the northwest side.
|Above: a council ring southeast of the fieldhouse, designed by Alfred Caldwell, Point landscape designer. Chief inspiration: his mentor, premier Prairie School landscape architect, Jens Jensen. Note from above right that the east end of the Point has some of the highest places and steepest descents. From there, as one heads towards the southwest end of the Point, the upper elevation gradually descends from as much as 18' to 12' and eventually to about 4' (one step).|
|The Point's south end, like the north end, is now much more visible and will probably come to be defined as the start of the bulkhead to protect the new underpass under Lake Shore Drive, further east than we used to think of the start of the Point. the bulkhead is supposed to be softened by limestone and grass and sand should silt in. (Only the far part used to be beach). The limestone blocks to be used here were taken from this stretch of revetment and were stored at 51st Street.|