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  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.

 
         
         
  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…

 
         
         
  Small Projects Awards Party  

Small Projects Awards Party
Friday, May 1
Chicago, Illinois


Presented by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group, the goal of this award program is to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence. All firms in the competition fewer than nine licensed architects and architectural interns. 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…

 
         
         
  Carl Condit’s Chicago School Revisited  

Carl Condit’s Chicago School Revisited
Wednesday, May 6
Chicago, Illinois


Richard Condit will present his own detailed study of extant Chicago School structures referenced in his father’s works. This presentation will provide a rare analysis of Chicago’s preservation success over time. Richard Condit is an associate of the Smithsonian Institution’s Tropical Research Institute, and a scholar in biology, ecology and population. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Jen Jensen and His Circle of Friends  

Jen Jensen and His Circle of Friends
Wednesday, May 6
Chicago, Illinois


The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is hosting an event to celebrate a contribution from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation of a rare photo portrait of Jens Jensen. The portrait will hang in the Conservatory’s lobby and help raise awareness of Jensen’s role in the progressive movement that included the construction of the Conservatory in 1908. The special evening that will include: the presentation of Jensen’s portrait by Corrine Pierog of the Morrison-Shearer Foundation, and brief lectures by historians Julia S. Bachrach and Carol Doty about Helen Morrison, Jens Jensen, and the power of friendship. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Marion Mahony Griffin Beach Park Dedication  

Marion Mahony Griffin Beach Park Dedication
Saturday, May 9
Chicago, Illinois


Join the Chicago Park District for the dedication of Marion Mahony Griffin Beach Park at 1208 West Jarvis Avenue at the Lakefront, Chicago. Tea immediately following and complimentary tours of the Emil Bach House. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Annual Mother’s Day House Walk  

Annual Mother’s Day House Walk
Sunday, May 10
Evanston, Illinois


In the 40 years since its inception, the Evanston History Center’s Mother’s Day House Walk has embodied the best of history and architecture. Your support of the House Walk benefits EHC’s programs and our preservation of Evanston history. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Celebrating Marion Mahony Griffin  

Celebrating Marion Mahony Griffin
Wednesday, May 13
Chicago, Illinois


Professor Christopher Vernon will present an illustrated talk on “Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin’s Vision for Canberra, Capital of Australia.” The presentation will focus on the Griffin’s work designing and building Canberra and Marion Mahony Griffin’s role in obtaining the commission and on the project. Vernon is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts of the University of Western Australia. Presented by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society. 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)

 
         
         
  Vintage Rehab 101: Specifying Projects & Choosing Contractors  

Vintage Rehab 101:
Specifying Projects & Choosing Contractors
Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program
Wednesday, May 13
Wednesday, May 27
Chicago, Illinois


From critical repairs to increasing a home's "curb appeal," rehab season is fast approaching in Chicago. For many homeowners this is a time of questions: What improvements should I make first? How do I find the right contractor? Join home rehab expert Cynthia Stewart to learn some tips for prioritizing projects, choosing contractors, and minimizing the chance of costly surprises. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Discover Your Home History  

Discover Your Home History
Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program
Thursday, May 14
Chicago, Illinois


Ever wondered about the history of your house or been curious about the development of your neighborhood? Join architectural historian and historic preservation consultant Carla Bruni to get the tools necessary to discover the history of the places that matter to you. You will also learn what it takes to have your home, block or neighborhood listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places, as well as the potential tax benefits associated with that distinction. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Wheaton’s Preservation Week Activities  

Wheaton’s Preservation Week Activities
Friday, May 15-Monday, May 25
Wheaton, Illinois


Wheaton’s Preservation Week is an annual event coordinated by the City of Wheaton Historic Commission as part of the annual national celebration in May by the National Trust for Historic Preservation known as Preservation Month. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Wapsi Restoration Seminar  

Wapsi Restoration Seminar
Saturday, May 16
Independence, Iowa


Join Rick Collins of Trillium Dell Timberworks, and the dedicated volunteers at the Buchanan County Historical Society for a morning seminar at the impressive 1870s Wapsipinicon Mill. Tour the Mill, and find out how the Buchanan Historical Society, the community of Independence, and Trillium Dell worked together to strategize and preserve the massive local icon entrusted to them. To learn more…

 
         
         
  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)

 
         
         
  Lecture and Tour: Architects Keck and Keck  

Lecture and Tour: Architects Keck and Keck
Sunday, May 17
Lake Forest, Illinois


Join the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society for a special program about mid-century architects Keck and Keck. Architect Stuart Cohen will lecture about this celebrated firm and then guests will visit the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram J. Cahn. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Mid-Century Modern Open House and Lecture  

Mid-Century Modern Open House and Lecture
Sunday, May 17
Wheaton, Illinois


City of Wheaton Historic Commission presents an Open House at 816 W. Elm Street, a Graeme Stewart project designed by Edward Dart, Mid-Century Modern architect. Come hear Matt Seymour, assistant project manager for Central Building & Preservation LP, who has written extensively on Dart, present on the architect’s life, and his Mid-Century design philosophy. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Trolley Tour  

Trolley Tour
Sunday, May 17
Winnetka, Illinois


Hop on the trolley for a tour of Winnetka’s locally designated landmark homes and other structures. Presented by Village of Winnetka Landmarks Commission and Winnetka Historical Society. To learn more…

 
         
         
  MAKE IT LAST: Achieving Maximum Durability on Traditional Clay Tile & Slate Roofing Projects  

MAKE IT LAST: Achieving Maximum Durability on Traditional Clay Tile & Slate Roofing Projects
Tuesday, May 19
Chicago, Illinois


This presentation explores the specific design considerations crucial to clay tile and slate roofing systems. It also looks at methods for identifying issues early in the project design phase, to help ensure better-informed decisions, make more accurate calculations, and achieve a durable and effective roofing system. Through case studies and detailing concepts, this presentation offers practical advice to help designers and builders design, specify, and construct durable clay tile and slate roofs. Hosted by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Restore the People’s House
Wednesday, May 20
Springfield, Illinois


Please join Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and the Illinois Executive Mansion Association Board for a cocktail reception in support of restoration of “the people’s mansion.” To learn more…

 
         
         
  Vintage Rehab 101: Working with an Architect  

Vintage Rehab 101: Working with an Architect
Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program
Wednesday, May 20
Wednesday, June 10
Chicago, Illinois


From greystones to bungalows, Chicago's vintage homes are defined by their beauty, durability and craftsmanship. However, many homeowners have questions about how to best evaluate and update these homes to meet their current needs. Join the Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program and the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects for a discussion on how working with an architect can help you plan affordable improvements, creatively solve tricky rehab problems, and maintain the vintage character of your home. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Preservation Symposium
Additions to Historic Structures: A Dialogue between Preservationists and Architects
Saturday, May 23
Evanston, Illinois


This symposium will provide strategies to better understand how additions are viewed by architects and local preservation commissions. Examples of successful additions to homes and other properties located in Evanston and the North Shore will be discussed. Presented by the Evanston Historic Preservation Commission. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Home History Research Help  

Home History Research Help
Saturday, May 23
Wheaton, Illinois


Interested in learning more about your historic property? Whether your interest is a home’s construction date, past owners, or its architecture, drop by Wheaton Public Library to discover available resources, where to find them and what each reveals. Learn about the Wheaton Register of Historic Places and getting your house listed. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Spotted Stone: Chicago’s Unknown Native Limestone  

The Spotted Stone: Chicago’s Unknown Native Limestone
Thursday, May 28
Chicago, Illinois


Nate Lielasus, AIA (Northworks Architects and Planners) will give a presentation on the exciting and relatively unknown history of the West Side Quarries. In 1851 when Second Presbyterian opened its doors on the edge of Chicago's downtown district, the new church was a sensation – a towering Gothic edifice that rose above Chicago’s muddy streets and the first significant stone structure in a city of hastily erected and modest wood frame and brick buildings. The church's mottled appearance earned it the nickname “The Spotted Church.” Presented by Friends of Historic Second Church. To learn more…

 
         
         
   

Centennial Symposium and Sagawau Canyon Tour
Thursday, May 28-Friday, May 29
Chicago & Lemont, Illinois


The Forest Preserves of Cook County, along with DePaul University, the Chicago Park District and the Forest Preserve Foundation, is hosting a Symposium and Sagawau Canyon Tour to bring awareness to this important part of Chicago’s history and to highlight just how relevant the forest preserves are to our appreciation of nature. The symposium's aim is to bring renewed attention to the Forest Preserve system’s rich and storied legacy in order to inspire innovative ideas and initiatives for the next century. 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…

 
         
         
  5th International Congress on Construction History  

5th International Congress on Construction History
Wednesday, June 3-Sunday, June 7
Chicago, Illinois


This will be the first time the Congress will be held outside Europe, following the four previous events hosted by Madrid (2003), Cambridge (2006), Cottbus (2009) and Paris (2012). The 5th International Congress on Construction History will include over two hundred papers on topics ranging from construction guilds and unions, to the evolution of building materials, as well as the construction of specific buildings and types. Highlights include a panel discussion on Chicago’s multigenerational construction companies, their business evolution and changing construction practices, five keynote speakers and seven tours. Hosted by the Construction History Society of America. 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…

 
         
         
  Wright and Like 2015  

Wright and Like 2015
FLW and His Apprentices
Saturday, June 6
Madison, Wisconsin


Features interior tours of three private homes by Frank Lloyd Wright and five private homes by some of his finest apprentices: Edgar Tafel, Herb Fritz, William Wesley Peters, John Howe, and Herb DeLevie. Most of these homes have rarely, if ever, been available for touring. To learn more…

 

Photo credit: George Hall

 
         
         
  Neighborhood Housing Services Of Chicago, Inc.  

Neighborhood Housing Services Of Chicago, Inc.
28th Annual Neighborworks Day
Saturday, June 6
Chicago, Illinois

 

Volunteers are needed to help with traditional work projects, such as painting, cleaning vacant lots and blocks, landscaping and gardening. Other activities include resource fairs and open houses. To learn more…

 
         
         
  The Lincolns in Chicago  

The Lincolns in Chicago
Thursday, June 18
Chicago, Illinois


Friends of Historic Second Church invites you to celebrate Chicago History. Mark B. Pohlad, Ph.D., associate professor, Dept. of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University will discuss Chicago’s crucial role in developing Abraham Lincoln’s political career and Robert Todd Lincoln’s life in Chicago. 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…

 
         
         
  Chicago Architecture Biennial  

Chicago Architecture Biennial
Thursday, October 1-Sunday, January 3
Chicago, Illinois


An international forum on architecture and the designed environment. To learn more…

 
         
         
  2015 Built Environment Symposium  

2015 Built Environment Symposium
The Chicago Tradition in Architecture:
Inspiration or Artifact?
Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10
Chicago, Illinois

 

Where is the legacy of Chicago’s great building tradition in today’s Chicago architecture? What aspects of this tradition are still relevant and how should we use them? The Friday evening keynote address will discuss the context and development of Chicago architectural traditions and venture some conclusions about how contemporary architecture fits, or fails to fit into those traditions. On Saturday, speakers will stake out various critical positions in Chicago’s architectural traditions through “polemics,” other speakers will draw on specific examples from their own work as guidelines for new design. Presented by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. To learn more…

 
         
         
  Past Forward Conference  

Past Forward Conference
Tuesday, November 3-Friday, November 6
Washington, DC


Kick off a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference. Programming will focus on urban strategies, federal innovation and excellence, and best practices in historic site stewardship and interpretation. To learn more…

 
         
         
         
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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