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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thomas J. O'Gorman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Thomas J. O'Gorman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

O'Gorman is a Chicago-based writer and historian.

Biographical and Professional Information

O'Gorman is a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library of Chicago, historian-in-residence of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, a contributor to ''Town & Country'' magazine, a political speech writer at Chicago's City Hall, and former managing editor of ''World of Hibernia'' magazine.

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Titles At Your Library

A history of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, 1901-2001

s.n. 2001

New Spaces from Salvage: Creating Perfect Interiors from Recovered Architecture
ISBN: 0764154079

B.E.S. Publishing. 2002

An imaginative and chic way to decorate a living area—whether studio apartment, multi-room house on several acres of land, or anything in between—is by taking advantage of the resources of salvage yards. As this beautifully illustrated book demonstrates, architectural salvage yards overflow with bargain-priced fixtures, fittings, and decorative pieces that represent virtually every historical era. Stone pediments, mantel pieces, lighting sconces, garden gates, benches, doors, mirrors, columns, tiles, lintels, art glass, and even entire staircases can be purchased from salvage and put to use. Better yet, these items often go for only a fraction of what it costs to buy and install new and frequently far less beautiful, less durable objects. This volume's introduction shows how easy it is to find pieces to fit every budget. Next, the authors discuss the styles of various historical periods, and in color photos they show some of the effects these items can have in today's homes. Periods considered include Georgian, Regency, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Edwardian, and Modern. The rest of the book looks at some interesting items readers can expect to find in salvage yards, and coaches them in developing a sharp eye for good pieces. Combining a running narrative with handsome, instructive photos, the authors describe projects in progress, from first conception to finished results. Here's a wonderful idea book for all who want to improve and beautify their living areas. 200 full-color photos and illustrations.

Architecture in Detail Chicago
ISBN: 1856486680

PRC Publishing. 2003

Starting with a look at Chicago’s architectural history, the author examines the contemporary skyline and the structures that have earned the city such fame. Among them: the Sears Tower, Chicago’s tallest skyscraper Bruce Graham and Fazlur Kahn’s John Hancock Building, the Frank Lloyd Wright House Chicago Temple, and Tribune Tower.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago
ISBN: 1592231276

Thunder Bay Press. 2004

A comprehensive guide to ninety-six key monuments, homes, and other buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright during his productive Chicago years is highlighted by more than four hundred photographs of such important structures as the Robie House and the beach houses on Lake Delavan.

Strange But True: Chicago: Tales of the Windy City
ISBN: 0762736801

Globe Pequot. 2005

A quirky, offbeat journey to some of America's most important cities provides a close-up look at some of the real-life stories behind startling headlines, unusual laws, and obscure police reports, with little-known facts about life in each city, profiles of eccentric inhabitants, and weird anecdotes that capture the strange-but-true world of urban America.

End of Watch: Chicago Police Killed in the Line of Duty, 1853-2006
ISBN: 0978866339

Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.. 2006

An examination of the remarkable sacrifices of 526 sworn officers of the Chicago Police Department. The book, with over 600 photographs, includes detailed narratives of each officer and the circumstances involved in their deaths. "End of Watch" is a very human story that describes the great loyalty and honor emerging in the ordinary lives of extraordinary Chicagoans, and gives the reader a broad view of Chicago history for the past 150+ years.

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