Preservation Snapshots Lectures

John Vinci: Life and Landmarks


Thursday, October 19 – 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Admission: Reservations required (Please register before October 9)


Illinois Institute of Technology, S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago


Using photos and commentary, writer Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren will provide an overview of their new monograph, which studies architect John Vinci’s extraordinary half-century career.

Acclaimed for his activism for historic preservation as well as for restoring such early Chicago landmarks as Sullivan’s Stock Exchange Trading Room and the Carson Pirie Scott Building, Wright’s Home and Studio and Robie House and Burnham & Root’s Monadnock Building, Vinci also designed residential and institutional commissions such as the Arts Club of Chicago and the Davis House — fusions of his early education at Illinois Institute of Technology and the First Chicago School of Architecture. More

This event is presented by Illinois Institute of Technology and its partners: AIA Chicago, Alphawood Foundation, Architecture & Design Society, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Docomomo Chicago, The Driehaus Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Graham Foundation, Landmarks Illinois, Preservation Chicago, Society of Architectural Historians.

Photo credit: William Zbaren

A Living Tradition


Thursday, November 9 – 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Admission: Free


Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 77 E. Randolph Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago


In the late 1960s, Pilsen became a focal point of the Chicago murals movement with some expansion to Little Village. Since then, these neighborhoods have generated a great collection of street art from different generations and multicultural experiences. This lecture discusses the evolution of painted exterior murals produced from the 1960s to today and the continuing development of artist work becoming a living tradition of muralism in Pilsen.


Rebeca Fernandez is a licensed architect from Mexico City and currently an entrepreneur and emerging professional in historic preservation in Chicago.  She completed her studies in architecture at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana and worked for over nine years as a consultant architect in her native city. In 2006, she moved to Pilsen where she became passionate about the historic neighborhoods motivating her to earn a Master Degree in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

A Living Tradition is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Photo: Pilsen mural by Alejandro Medina, 1639 S. Allport Street, 2013 (credit: Rebeca Fernandez)

Landmarks Illinois is an Affiliate Program Partner with the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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