I have a deep, dark, dirty, dangerous secret to share with you all:
I like the Four-Plus-One.
There, I said it! I said it and I’m proud! I’m not taking it back!
Why do I like them? Well, c’mon. How could anybody not like buildings with entrances like these?
I don’t have an architect’s name for the vast bulk of these buildings, but when I do, it’s almost always Jerome Soltan. Somewhat infamous as the original and most proliferate developer of the Four-Plus-One apartment building, Soltan distinctive style is stamped on nearly every 4-Plus-1 in the area south of Loyola University, where most of these buildings are located. He may or may not have designed them all, but his influence can be seen in every one.
Need I point out the delightful creativity of the entryways? Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re certainly expressive.
Obviously, some of them crop up more than once. Soltan wasn’t at all ashamed to recycle his designs, just so long as they weren’t on the same block.