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  Pioneering African-American Women Doctors  

Pioneering African-American Women Doctors
Thursday, February 12-Tuesday, March 31
Evanston, Illinois


The Evanston History Center celebrates Black History Month with an exhibit saluting two pioneering Evanston African-American women doctors: Dr. Isabella Garnett Butler and Dr. Elizabeth Webb Hill. Through their dedication, medical service was provided to the under served African-American citizens, who were refused service at the city’s hospitals. The Evanston History Center is located in the historic 1894-5 Charles Gates Dawes House. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Maker & Muse   Maker & Muse: Women and
Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry
Saturday, February 14-January 3, 2016
Chicago, Illinois


This new exhibit at The Driehaus Museum features more than two hundred and fifty pieces of jewelry created in the early decades of the twentieth century. The exhibit explores five different areas of art jewelry design and fabrication: the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain, Art Nouveau in France, Jugendstil in Germany and Austria, Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York, and American Arts and Crafts in Chicago. To learn more…
 
         
         
  Basement Flooding  

Basement Flooding
March-April
Chicago, Illinois


The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association will present two seminars on basement flooding: Understanding Your Sewers and Reducing Flooding Risks on Your Property. Click here for dates and locations.

 
         
         
  Combining Design-related Commissions  

Combining Design-related Commissions:
Streamling or Surrendering?
Thursday, March 12
Chicago, Illinois

 

Many communities around the region are engaged in intensive discussions about whether or not to combine design-related commissions to enhance efficiency and reduce staffing costs. Join the 4th annual joint workshop between American Planning Association-Chicago Metro Section and the Chaddick Institute’s Municipal Design Review Network to explore this topic and the associated challenges and opportunities. We will hear various perspectives about the decisions and processes from leading planners from around the region who can discuss current trends, what seems to be working, and what unforeseen challenges can result from combining commissions. We will also hear the unique perspectives of planners who have recently undergone the process, as well as those who work in communities that have opted to keep commissions separate. To learn more…

 
         
         
  A Tale of Two Cities' Parks  

A Tale of Two Cities' Parks:
Public Trust as a Protector of Parkland
Thursday, March 12
Chicago, Illinois


Friends of the Parks will host a discussion on how Public Trust Doctrine is helping to protect public parks and open space in Milwaukee and Chicago. Charles Q. Kamp of Preserve our Parks will discuss recent challenges to Milwaukee's lakefront parks. Cassandra Francis of Friends of the Parks will provide an update on challenges to Chicago's parks and open spaces. To learn more…

 
         
         
  100 Years Later: Rehabilitating Bach House and the Ravine Bluffs Development  

100 Years Later: Rehabilitating Bach House and the Ravine Bluffs Development
Restoring Historic Sites… The Wright Way
Thursday, March 12
Oak Park, Illinois


Two of Chicago's leading preservation architects, John Eifler and Gunny Harboe will discuss their restoration of work by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Chicago area. Presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Alfred Caldwell  

Alfred Caldwell:
Last of the Prairie Style Landscape Architects
Saturday, March 14
Chicago, Illinois


Considered the last great Prairie style landscape architect of the 20th Century, Alfred Caldwell (1903- 1998) was the disciple of renowned landscape designer and conservationist Jens Jensen, and had close relationships with internationally acclaimed architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Historian and author Julia Bachrach became a friend and colleague of Caldwell in the early 1990s. She will provide this presentation about Caldwell— a brilliant, out-spoken, and highly principled man— and his contributions to Lincoln Park. To learn more…

Portrait by Helen Balfour Morrison. Copyright The Morrison-Shearer Foundation

 
         
         
   

Fox Valley 58th Annual Antique Show
Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15
St. Charles, Illinois


Produced by Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association to benefit Garfield Farm Museum hosted at Kane County Fairgrounds. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago’s Historic Northside Schools  

Chicago’s Historic Northside Schools
Wednesday, March 18
Chicago, Illinois

 

Over the course of more than a century noteworthy architects including Dwight H. Perkins, William Bryce Mundie, and John J. Flanders produced school buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, often reflecting the social and architectural innovations of their time. Historians Julia S. Bachrach and Elizabeth A. Patterson will present this program highlighting many striking historic Northside schools including Burley, Ravenswood, Cleveland, Trumbull, and Hayt elementary schools and Lane Tech, Carl Schurz and Lake View high schools. Bachrach and Patterson are the creators of Chicago Historic Schools website: chicagohistoricschools.wordpress.com. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Innovation in Concrete Formwork, Design, and Digital Fabrication of Building Assemblies  

Innovation in Concrete Formwork, Design, and Digital Fabrication of Building Assemblies
Thursday, March 19
Chicago, Illinois


This free presentation by Eric Twomey, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, will highlight the tools and technology available to integrate quality modeling for fabrication into the design process. The session will also demonstrate how these tools can support a project’s success by simplifying model sharing for advanced structural analyses and providing opportunities for material optimization. Presented by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Dog  

Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Dog
Dinner & A Little History Series
Thursday, March 19
LaSalle, Illinois


This is a random and irreverent look at some of the bizarre, ludicrous and outrageous events that took place during those turbulent years. These include billy goat races in the white house, exotic pets on the battlefield, and unusual weapons and tactics. Fact is stranger than fiction. Presented by Canal Corridor Association. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Women’s Architectural League Foundation Tour  

Women’s Architectural League Foundation Tour
Wednesday, March 25
Chicago, Illinois


The league’s March Program will involve two tours: (first) WMS Gaming at 340l N. California (at Roscoe) designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and (second) WMS Boat House at Clark Park which is just across the river designed by Studio Gang. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Wright Society Virtual Summit  

Wright Society Virtual Summit
Wednesday, March 25 -Thursday, March 26
(Online)


An opportunity for geographically dispersed Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts to gather online and watch FREE daily expert interviews with well-known scholars. The first summit, Starting Wright with Tim Samuelson (cultural historian for the City of Chicago), will explore Wright's early roots to gain a deeper understanding of his design genius. Other guest experts: Margo Stipe, curator and registrar of Collections, FLW Foundation; Pauline Saliga, executive director, Society of Architectural Historians; Sydney Robinson, Professor of Architecture Emeritus, FLW School of Architecture; John Eifler, restoration expert and architect, John Eifler & Associates. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Mies Birthday Party  

Mies Birthday Party
Thursday, March 26
Chicago, Illinois


Join the Mies van der Rohe Society to celebrate the 129th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. See the SHOW ROOMS created in S. R. Crown Hall by Chicago's top emerging designers and inspired by the timeless design of Mies furniture. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Frank Lloyd Wright and the Challenge to Historic Preservation  

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Challenge to Historic Preservation
Restoring Historic Sites… The Wright Way
Thursday, March 26
Oak Park, Illinois


Daniel Bluestone, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program, University of Virginia, and Richard Longstreth, Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, George Washington University, will examine the delicate balance that comes with restoration of Wright's historic buildings. Presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago Saloon History and Culture  

Chicago Saloon History and Culture
Saturday, March 28
Chicago, Illinois


The Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society presents an exploration of Chicago’s bar and saloon history focusing on Rogers Park, by Bill Savage, professor at Northwestern University and long-time Rogers Park resident. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Historic Preservation Anniversary Symposium  

Historic Preservation Anniversary Symposium
Saturday, March 28
Chicago, Illinois


Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) Historic Preservation program. This "historic" occasion will be marked with a symposium focused on current preservation issues. Speaker TBA. Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: 116 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1601, Chicago. RSVP by March 6 to Anne Sullivan.

 
         
         
  Big Ideas for Small Kitchen Spaces  

Homeowner Panel
Big Ideas for Small Kitchen Spaces
Tuesday, March 31
Chicago, Illinois


Join the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association for this seminar hosted in two Chicago locations. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago Skyscrapers Lecture  

Chicago Skyscrapers Lecture
Thursday, April 2
Chicago, Illinois


The Structural Engineers Foundation is hosting a lecture with Thomas Leslie, AIA, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and Director of Graduate Education at Iowa State University, who will talk about his book “Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871–1934.” To learn more…

 
         
         
  April After Hours  

April After Hours
Fridays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Chicago, Illinois


Gather with friends as the Robie House comes to life after hours. Wander the celebrated spaces of this icon of modernism while enjoying live music, drinks, light hors d'oeuvres and a festive, casual atmosphere. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Engineering Transparency  

Engineering Transparency:
Innovations in Glass Design
Tuesday, April 7
Chicago, Illinois


This free presentation by Paul Kassabian and Terry McDonnell, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, highlights how architecture and structural engineering can be combined, using creative structural solutions and new technologies, to develop new designs ranging in scale from sculptures, to walkways, to enclosures, and even large buildings. In this lecture, they will present some of the most recent developments in structural glass and how to drive the material and fabrication processes to achieve innovative designs. The session features case studies including the Baha’i Temple in Chile, curving glass for a building and transit re-branding, a glass sculpture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and others. Presented by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company  

The Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company
Thursday, April 9
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…

 
         
         
  Midcentury Modern: Materials and Preservation  

Midcentury Modern: Materials and Preservation
Tuesday, April 14 - Thursday, April 16
St. Louis, Missouri


This three-day symposium in St. Louis will feature a keynote speech on preservation of mid-century structures by Gunny Harboe, plus 23 lectures, a panel discussion, poster session, and tours by leading professionals from across the country. National Park Service Centennial Symposium Series. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Chicago at the Global Crossroads  

Chicago at the Global Crossroads
Society of Architectural Historians 68th Annual International Conference
Wednesday, April 15-Sunday, April 19
Chicago, Illinois


SAH will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the conference, which includes lectures, roundtables, and 36 paper sessions covering topics in architecture, art and architectural history, preservation, landscape architecture, and the built environment. SAH is committed to engaging both conference attendees and local participants with public programming that includes over 30 architectural tours, a plenary talk, and a half-day seminar addressing Chicago’s waterways and neighborhoods. For more information and to register, visit sah.org/2015.

 
         
         
  Garfield Farm Museum Awards Banquet  

Garfield Farm Museum Awards Banquet
Saturday, April 18
Wayne, Illinois


Annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. To learn more, call (630) 584-8485.

 
         
         
   

Wright's Ravine Bluffs and Glasner House
Glencoe, Illinois
April 18


Wright left his mark on Chicago's North Shore with more than 20 structures, but one enclave of six residences in Glencoe, Illinois, enjoys the distinction of being the only houses built from Wright's plans for the Ravine Bluffs Development, an expansive subdivision built around four ravines. Visit three houses: the Prairie-style William F. Ross House (1915) and Chesley Perry House (1915), both designed for Ravine Bluffs, and the William A. Glasner House (1905), a unique precursor to Wright's Usonian concept, also set on the edge of a ravine. Presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.To learn more…

Photo: William A. Glasner House (1905) (credit: Eric Hausman)

 
         
         
  Crab Tree Farm  

Crab Tree Farm:
Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement
Saturday, April 18
Lake Bluff, Illinois


Join The Driehaus Museum this spring for a new travel tour which takes you to Lake Bluff, Illinois to visit Crab Tree Farm, a private estate with farm buildings that display Arts and Crafts collections in settings that have been purposely designed to reflect the aesthetics of the movement. To learn more…

 
         
         
  North Park Village Centennial  

North Park Village Centennial
Saturday, April 25
Chicago, Illinois


Save the date for a celebration of this multi-use property with over a 100 areas of open land, which was originally the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium founded in 1915. Read about its preservation. Look for more information soon.

 
         
         
  From Brooklyn to Hollywood: A Journey in Jewels  

From Brooklyn to Hollywood: A Journey in Jewels
Thursday, April 30
Chicago, Illinois


Hear distinguished designer and collector Neil Lane talk about how his drive, passion and visceral reaction to jewelry has culminated in a world-class collection and lasting legacy focused on beauty, style and elegance. Presented by the Driehaus Museum. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Out and About Wright
Wright and Modernism in Indiana
Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3
Indianapolis, Indiana


Central Indiana holds a trove of architectural treasures. Some, like Frank Lloyd Wright's Richard Davis House (1950) and John E. Christian House-Samara (1954) are tucked away in leafy enclaves, and some, like the midcentury modern wonders of Columbus, Indiana, hide in plain sight. Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy annual outing. To learn more…

Photo: John E. Christian House-Samara (1954) (credit: Alex Vertikoff)

 
         
         
  The Association for the Study of Jewelry  

The Association for the Study of Jewelry &
Related Arts 10th Annual Conference
Saturday, May 2
Chicago, Illinois


Presented in partnership with the Driehaus Museum and the exhibition “Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry.” The conference will take place in the carriage house of The Glessner House Museum. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Don’t Trash the Sash  

Don’t Trash the Sash
Monday, May 4 & Tuesday, May 12
Chicago, Illinois


Join the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association for an evening seminar on window repair at either Avalon Library or Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Always Seeking Modern  

Always Seeking Modern
Wednesday, May 13- Saturday, May 16
Midland, Michigan


The Michigan Historic Preservation Network presents the 35th Statewide Preservation Conference and welcomes preservationists, architectural historians, archaeologists and related partners interested in all eras of cutting-edge creativity from every corner of the state. To learn more…

Photo: The Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, designed by Alden B. Dow, 1934-1941, Midland, Michigan (credit: by Balthazar Korab)

 
         
         
  Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk  

Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk
Saturday, May 16
Oak Park and Riverside, Illinois


An internationally renowned architectural housewalk featuring rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, plus entry to landmark Wright buildings. To learn more…

Photo: Avery Coonley Residence, Riverside (1908; arch. Frank Lloyd Wright)

 
         
         
  Sagawau Canyon Tour  

Centennial Conference
Thursday, May 28
Chicago, Illinois

Sagawau Canyon Tour
Friday, May 29
Lemont, Illinois

 

Save the date for this conference and tour “Celebrating 100 Years of Beauty in the Forest Preserves” with the Forest Preserves of Cook County. To learn more…

 
         
         
  VSA Summer Schools  

VSA Summer Schools


Friday, May 29-Sunday, June 7
Newport, Rhode Island


Thursday, June 11-Tuesday, June 16
Chicago, Illinois


Saturday, June 27-Sunday, July 12
London, England


Study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at Victorian Society in America (VSA) Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. You will enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Vintage Masonry Repair  

Vintage Masonry Repair
Thursday, June 4 & Tuesday, June 9
Chicago, Illinois


Join Historic Chicago Bungalow Association for this educational seminar geared toward homeowners. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Anniversary & Re-dedication Ceremony  

Anniversary & Re-dedication Ceremony
Saturday, June 27
Beecher, Illinois


An old fashioned family reunion, Anniversary and Re-dedication ceremony at the Beecher Mausoleum. The see the restoration progress so far. To learn more…

 
         
         
         
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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