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  Emil Bach House Tours  

Emil Bach House Tours
Wednesdays, May 28 – September 24
Chicago, Illinois


For a limited time this spring and summer, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will hold tours at Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach House in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. This richly conceived yet intimately scaled residence was built in 1915 for the president of Chicago's Bach Brick Co. The house has been restored to accommodate meetings and overnight stays. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit  

Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit - Extended
Present-Sunday, January 4
Chicago, Illinois


The Driehaus Museum has more than 60 windows, lamps, vases and accessories by Tiffany on view from the distinguished Driehaus Collection. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The AIA Guide to Chicago, Third Edition: What's Old, What's New  

The AIA Guide to Chicago, Third Edition:
What's Old, What's New
Wednesday, September 10
Chicago, Illinois


Laurie Petersen, editor of the newly published third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago (and associate editor of the first two editions), will discuss what makes this book different from other tomes about local architecture. She will show images of some of the 1,600 landmarks and hidden gems featured in the book, with an emphasis on those buildings (both old and new) that are new to this edition. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Presented by Glessner House Museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
  International Preservation Trades Workshop  

International Preservation Trades Workshop
Friday, September12-Saturday, September 13
St. Clairsville, Ohio

 

Over 30 preservation trades specialists will be “Kicking it Old School,” in fields ranging from masonry to historic metalwork, from stained glass to traditional wood framed window restoration, from plaster casting to decorative finishes. These demonstrators will be providing hands-on, interactive demonstrations to over 300 attendees in ten different tracks. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

House Tour
Sunday, September 14
Chicago, Illinois


Peterson Woods, a tiny wedge of Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood, may be one of the city’s best kept secrets. The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society's 28th Annual House Tour features this far southwest corner of the neighborhood. The custom built homes, many accented with turrets, Tudor-style wood beams, tile roofs, leaded windows, and wrought iron fencing, were built between 1925 and 1935. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Living in a Material World:
The Importance of Building Deconstruction and Reuse
Monday, September 15
Thursday, September 18
Chicago, Illinois


Until recently, Chicago had more tear-downs than any other city in the U.S. While saving and reusing existing buildings is almost always the greenest option, there are options beyond a quick and dirty demolition for entire homes as well as interior renovations. Join preservation and sustainability consultant Carla Bruni to learn about the differences between demolition and deconstruction, why we should care about saving the materials used to build bungalows and other historic homes, and the financial incentives available to offset the cost of deconstruction. Presented by Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

The Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company
Thursday, September 18
Chicago, Illinois


John Gardener Low was a talented tile artist, who was also a savvy businessman. His tiles graced fireplace surrounds, soda fountains, cast iron stoves and a multitude of other products. The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever produced in the United States. The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America. Presented by the Driehaus Museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Slave Dwelling Project Conference  

The Slave Dwelling Project Conference
Thursday, September 18-Saturday, September 20
Savannah, Georgia


The conference is designed to bring together preservationists from around the United States and abroad to exchange ideas, resources, share perspectives and solutions to preserving extant African American slave dwellings for future generations. Conference 2014 will feature three days of concurrent sessions, keynote speakers, a celebrity preservations dinner gala and a city tour of Savannah’s extant slave dwellings – preserved and those in need of preservation. To learn more…

 
         
         
  100th Anniversary Celebration  

100th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 20
Glen Carbon, Illinois


Glen Carbon Heritage Museum Come and renew old acquaintances and share your fondest memories of the treasured building. Please bring old photos of your memories of the building if you have them. Volunteers will be on hand to scan your photos to keep a permanent record of the building's 100 years of service to the community. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Churches By Bus  

Churches By Bus
Saturday, September 20
Chicago, Illinois


The 2014 Chicago Architecture Foundation tour features five churches on the Near West Side of Chicago. You'll visit First Baptist Congregational Church, First Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Procopius Roman Catholic Church, St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. This very popular tour usually sells out quickly, so book your tickets early! To learn more…

 
         
         
  Downtown Confidential Walking Tour  

Downtown Confidential Walking Tour
Sunday, September 21
Chicago, Illinois


On this walking tour, Forgotten Chicago is going to do the opposite of every other Loop walking tour. Instead of Sullivan and skyscrapers, they will be looking at various marginal structures like parking garages, three and four story brick buildings, aging facades, and interesting conversions. They will look at examples of a disappearing mixed-use downtown, much of which is hiding in plain sight. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Symposium Opening Reception and Lecture: The Historic House Detective - Planning for Restoration  

Symposium Opening Reception and Lecture:
The Historic House Detective - Planning for Restoration
Friday, September 26
Chicago, Illinois


An accurate and thoughtful restoration project involves countless hours of onsite investigation and archival research before the actual work begins. In this lecture by Executive Director and Curator William Tyre, learn how photographs, journal entries, original contractor invoices, and physical evidence were used to develop the restoration plans for the parlor, corner guestroom, and guest bathroom. Presented by Glessner House Museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Symposium: Interpreting the Victorian House  

Symposium: Interpreting the Victorian House
Saturday, September 27
Chicago, Illinois


Join the Glessner House Museum for this very special event, co-sponsored by The Victorian Society in America, as seven experts from the U. S. and Canada gather to discuss the history and interpretation of the "Victorian House." To learn more…

 
         
         
  Architect Robert Seyfarth Project Launch   Architect Robert Seyfarth Project Launch
Saturday, September 27
Highland Park, Illinois


The project’s scope will be discussed with home owners and architecture buffs and a large collection of drawings will be available to help illustrate Seyfarth’s genius using light, space, siting and materials. Seyfarth owners from Highland Park, the North Shore and beyond will have an opportunity to meet each other and other Seyfarth ‘experts’. To learn more…
 
         
         
  Annual Historic Home and Garden Tour  

A Lake Forest Enclave of Elegance
Benefit House & Garden Walk
Saturday, September 27
Lake Forest, Illinois


The annual walk features 1920s chic to the latest in traditional architectural and design high style and benefits local preservation. With four neighboring houses and five gardens, the last for a reception, the event promises to combine the kind of history, classic and current high style, and great stories locals travel abroad or to the east or west coasts to experience. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

In Wright's Drafting Room: Architecture Fantasy Camp
Sunday, September 28-Wednesday, October 1
Oak Park, Illinois


Under the guidance of professional architects, learn the basic skills you will need to transform your ideas into reality. Create in the same drafting room where Frank Lloyd Wright and his staff conceived his greatest Prairie style buildings. Enjoy in-depth visits to the Home and Studio, Unity Temple, and Robie House as well as a self-guided tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District. To learn more…

 
         
         
  BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland  

BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland
Monday, September 29-Wednesday, Oct 1
Chicago, Illinois


The three-day event will offer high-quality, AIA- and GBCI-accredited education sessions, along with product exhibits and networking receptions. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Life and the Design of Urban Public Space  

The Ecological Imagination:
Life and the Design of Urban Public Space
Thursday, October 2
Chicago, Illinois


How can a city be shaped by its public realm rather than its streets and buildings? Join the discussion with award-winning landscape architect and "urban dreamscaper" James Corner. Architect of New York's acclaimed High Line, and the remarkable transformation of the world's largest landfill site, Freshkills, Staten Island, into New York's biggest park, Corner is redeveloping Chicago's Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016. His vision for livable cities rests on public spaces that offer a vibrant experience, made possible by the capacity of design to transform. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Pleasant Homes: 29th Century Modern Architecture  

Pleasant Homes: 29th Century Modern Architecture
Saturday, October 4
Oak Park, Illinois


House tour featuring interior docent-led tours of five 20th Century Modernist homes, plus Pleasant Home. Presented by Pleasant Home Foundation. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Is It Just Space?  

Is It Just Space?
Tuesday, October 7
Chicago, Illinois


The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, in partnership with the Institute of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Humans and Nature, invites you to join us for a discussion about how justice is a critical component in how we create, maintain, and engage with and within space. Is It Just Space flyer.pdf. To learn more…

 
         
         
  NAPC Preservation Commission Mentoring  

NAPC Preservation Commission Mentoring and Assistance Program Annual IAHPC Meeting
Saturday, October 11
Centralia, Illinois


Receive expert advice and case studies with materials and content from the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions in Preservation Law 1, 2, 3: Designation Process, Applying the Standards, COAs and Review. Also, Incentives and Advocacy for Communities of All Sizes and local tours. To learn more…

 
         
         
  41st Annual Historic Pullman House Tour  

41st Annual Historic Pullman House Tour
Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12
Chicago, Illinois


Join the House Tour weekend celebration to see the Pullman Historic District with great houses, exhibits and a video on the history of this unique landmark district, music, food, antique cars, garage sales and so much more. Co-sponsored by Pullman Civic Organization and Historic Pullman Foundation. The National Trust will have a special reception inside the Historic Pullman Center, offering visitors unique opportunities to learn more about the park designation and to show their support. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Great War, Fashion & Social Customs  

Art, Craft & Argental: The Cellini Shop of Evanston
Thursday, October 16
Evanston, Illinois


Presentation by Mary B. McWilliams, guest curator at the Evanston History Center, as part of the Center’s “The Great War & the Making of the Modern World” lecture series. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Classic Cinemas Historic Theatre Tour  

Classic Cinemas Historic Theatre Tour
Saturday October 18
Elmhurst, Illinois


The one-day bus tour will start in Elmhurst with the York Theatre, journey to Oak Park to visit the Lake and then head to Downers Grove to visit the Tivoli. Before returning to Elmhurst, we’ll also stop into the Downers Grove Museum to see their exhibit on the Tivoli “Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 years of the Tivoli Theatre.” Presented by Theatre Historical Society of America. Classic Cinemas was the 2011 winner of our Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Stewardship. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Open House Chicago  

Open House Chicago
Saturday, October 18-Sunday, October 19
Chicago, Illinois


A free public festival presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Robert Seyfarth Project Panel Discussion  

Robert Seyfarth Project Panel Discussion
Sunday, October 19
Highland Park, Illinois


Architectural historian Susan Benjamin will moderate a discussion on Seyfarth, his work and his legacy. Other panelists include Mary Seyfarth, granddaughter of Robert Seyfarth, David Van Zanten, Professor of Art History, Northwestern University, Ken Jellema, former Historic Preservation Chair, Blue Island, and local homeowner, Joe Reinstein. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Cocktails for Two  

Cocktails for Two
Thursday, October 23
Evanston, Illinois


Join Evanston History Center’s Costume Curator Janet C. Messmer for an exploration of the history of cocktails, cocktail parties, and the special clothes designed to be worn while imbibing. Includes cocktail reception. Co-presenter Three Crowns Park. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Some Enchanted Evening  

Some Enchanted Evening
Saturday, October 25
Decatur, Illinois


The stage is set, the singers and musicians selected, it is time for an enchanted evening. A five piece band lead by Michael Scherer will accompany five Millikin University students as they serenade everyone with brilliant Rogers and Hammerstein musical pieces. A fundraising event for the James Millikin Homestead. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo  

Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo
Saturday, October 25
Chicago, Illinois


Back by popular demand, Chicago’s largest and most popular home restoration, preservation and energy-efficient renovation expo is returning. Presented by Historic Chicago Bungalow Association. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue  

Shadows on the Street:
Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Saturday, October 25-Friday, October 31
Chicago, Illinois


Tales of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely endings as you explore Prairie Avenue after dark! Learn about the mystery surrounding the death of Marshall Field Jr., the tragic events that plagued the Philander Hanford house, the spirits that cause the windows to rattle in the William Kimball mansion, and much more! Presented by Glessner House Museum. To learn more…

Photo credit: F. Countiss

 
         
         
  Highland Park Historical Society’s Annual House Walk  

Highland Park Historical Society’s Annual House Walk
Sunday, October 26
Highland Park, Illinois


Will feature seven Seyfarth homes in Highland Park plus and Wolcott Hall at the Trinity Church, a room that was also designed by Seyfarth. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25  

Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25
Thursday, October 29-Sunday, November 2
Phoenix, Arizona


The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference will feature a rich array of presentations, tours, and a gala celebration. To learn more…

Photo: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Phoenix

 
         
         
  The Great War, Fashion & Social Customs  

The Great War, Fashion & Social Customs
Thursday, November 6
Evanston, Illinois


Presentation by Janet C. Messmer, Evanston History Center’s Costume Curator, as part of the Center’s “The Great War & the Making of the Modern World” lecture series. To learn more…

 
         
         
  SAH Awards Gala  

SAH Awards Gala
Saturday, November 8
Chicago, Illinois


The Society of Architectural Historians will present five Awards for Architectural Excellence during the 2014 SAH Awards Gala. The theme of the 2014 Gala is "A Foundation for Preservation," honoring those individuals who initiated early preservation work in Chicago and continue to support and encourage preservation. The Gala benefits SAH's educational mission and restoration of the Charnley-Persky House. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Pleasant Home Performing Arts Series  

Pleasant Home Performing Arts Series
The White City: Burnham's Dream
Sunday, November 9
Oak Park, Illinois


"The White City: Burnham's Dream" - Written by June Finfer, this play is a glimpse into the past, and an inspiration for the future, revealing how obstacles were overcome and how Burnham’s Dream, is being fulfilled. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Christmas Candlelight Tours  

Christmas Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 13-Sunday, December 14
Chicago, Illinois


These special 90-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the 19th century. The Clarke House will feature simple decorations of the 1840s era when the celebration of Christmas was just beginning, and New Years Day was the most celebrated holiday. The Glessner House will feature more elaborate decorations of the late 19th century including a live tree (shipped from the Glessners' former summer estate in New Hampshire) decorated with period ornaments, and the dining table set for the Christmas feast. After the tour, stroll over to the landmark Wheeler Mansion on Calumet Avenue for light refreshments served in the beautifully decorated rooms of this 1870 home, now a boutique hotel. To learn more…

 
         
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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