Image forms part of the Hedrich Blessing Collection, 1991.0505.  All Rights Reserved.Scan from 8x10 BW negative

Credit: Chicago History Museum

One chapter in the story of Modernism is the model’s revival. Replacing the florid Beaux-Arts drawings of the Gilded Age, these microstructures brought designs off the boards and into reality, only then to be flattened by the medium of photography. On display at Montreal’s Canadian Centre for Architecture, Modernism in Miniature: Points of View presents 50 photos of such masterworks-to-be, and one real model: a Le Corbusier–designed villa for the mayor of Ahmendabad, India. (The model of Mies’s Commonwealth Promenade Apartments in Chicago, shown, is superimposed onto an aerial photo.) Through Jan. 8. •