Preservation Snapshots Lectures

Benjamin H. Marshall, Chicago Architect

When

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

Admission

Free

Location

The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago

About

Benjamin Marshall’s contribution to Chicago finally received its due in this masterful volume on his life and work, published by Acanthus Press in cooperation with the Benjamin Marshall Society. Marshall (1874–1944) was a Ziegfeld-like architectural impresario who bridged the gap between the classical and modern by blending traditional design with modern details and amenities. His impact on Chicago ranged from the French Empire–style Blackstone Hotel and Theatre (1908–10) and the Renaissance Drake Hotel (1919), to like-styled luxury apartment towers such as 1550 North State Parkway (1913), 209 East Lake Shore Drive (1924), and the residential addition to his Edgewater Beach Hotel and Resort complex (1927). Co-author Jean Guarino will talk about creating this book and Marshall’s contribution to shaping the Chicago we experience today.

Speaker

Dr. Jean Guarino is an architectural historian who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has worked as an independent architectural historian since 1998.

Press

New Book Builds Recognition of Forgotten Chicago Architect (Chicago Tonight, April 27, 2016

 

Photo: 1550 North State Parkway, 1913 (credit: Tom Harris, Hedrich Blessing)

Cosponsor: The Auditorium Theatre

The Future of Historic House Museums

When

Thursday, October 20 – 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Admission

Free

Location

The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago

About

How do historic house museums remain relevant and sustainable in the 21st century and how can they contribute to broader trends in historic preservation? As noted in an August 2014 article in the Boston Globe entitled “The Great Historic House Museum Debate,” the proliferation of historic house museums and the concern about their viability for the future has created significant discussion amongst professionals in the field. In this panel discussion led by Landmarks Illinois president Bonnie McDonald, executive directors from several Chicago-based house museums will discuss the current state of their sites and the forward-thinking and sometimes controversial plans being considered to help these essential components of Chicago’s cultural fabric thrive well into the future.

Speakers

Panelists: William Tyre (Glessner House Museum), Lise Dube-Scherr (Driehaus Museum), Todd Palmer (National Public Housing Museum), and Jennifer Scott (Jane Addams Hull-House Museum) Moderator: Bonnie McDonald, President, Landmarks Illinois

 

Photo: Glessner House, Chicago (credit: Courtesy of Glessner House Museum)

Cosponsor: The Auditorium Theatre

Edgar Miller Legacy Project

When

Thursday, November 17 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Price

Admission: Free

Location

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 250, Chicago

About

During the height of his career in the 1920s and 1930s, Edgar Miller collaborated with numerous artists, designers, architects, writers, musicians, and civic leaders; he also designed and executed two bohemian artist colony buildings known as Carl Street Studios and Kogen-Miller Studios, while in the commercial world, he became a prized decorative artist for top architectural firms like Holabird and Root. Garnering much attention today is Miller’s Glasner Studio, one of his artistically rehabbed homes celebrated in Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home (City Files Press, 2009). This lecture will provide a “best of” glimpse of Miller’s broad oeuvre while discussing the preservation efforts dating back to the 1970s to keep Miller’s most unique pieces of art—the Handmade Homes—intact and vibrant.

Speaker

Zac Bleicher, Director of Edgar Miller Legacy

 

Photo: Entry, Glasner Studio, Chicago (credit: Alexander Vertikoff)

Cosponsor: AIA Chicago

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