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Celebrating The Auditorium at 125


Celebrating The Auditorium at 125Landmarks Illinois is partnering with The Auditorium Theatre in 2014 to honor the theater’s 125th anniversary. The occasion will be marked by a year-long series of lectures celebrating The Auditorium Building. In addition in January 2014, the Preservation Snapshots lecture will move to Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, formerly the dining room of the Auditorium Hotel. Join us for this exciting series in its new landmark home.


January – March 2014 Schedule.pdf

Learn about more Celebrating The Auditorium at 125


Tours of The Auditorium Theatre are available on Thursdays at 10:30 am. Tour tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased beginning 30 minutes prior to the tour at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office and in advance at Ticketmaster. More



Tracking the Lost Treasures of the Auditorium
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Place: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago
Bart Swindall, historian, The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University


Tracking the Lost Treasures of the Auditorium




Over the course of 125 years, a lot has gone missing from the Auditorium Building: windows, mosaics, furniture. Some things, like the Auditorium Bar or the Theatre's box seat arches, are long gone. But not everything that's missing is truly lost. A mosaic fireplace removed in the 1930s turned up in a dirty garage, and a Gorham Silver centerpiece from the hotel's banquet service was discovered holding geraniums on a suburban patio. For other things, the hunt's still on. Where's the building's copestone? Or the other mosaic fireplace? Hear tales of success--and frustrating failure--in the ongoing quest to restore the Auditorium.
(photo) Recovered mosaic fireplace, The Auditorium Building, Chicago. Credit: Bart Swindall




Lost to Progress
Congress Street, the Auditorium, and the South Loop
Date: Thursday, May 15
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Place: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th floor, Chicago
Dennis McClendon, Chicago geographer and historian





When the Auditorium was built, Congress Street was an unimportant side street, not the axis of a new Chicago dreamed by Daniel Burnham, nor the boundary of the business district that it became in the 20th century. Chicago geographer and historian Dennis McClendon, a longtime South Loop resident, will show the big changes that came to the area as a result of the opening of Congress Parkway and the transformation of the South Loop into a residential neighborhood.
(photo) c. 1940s State Street and Congress, Chicago. Credit: Courtesy of Dennis McClendon




Trailing Louis Sullivan
The Restoration of Ganz Hall
Date: Thursday, June 19
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Place: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th floor, Chicago
Laurence Booth, Booth Hansen





Ganz Hall, housed in the Auditorium Building on Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus, was originally designed by Louis Sullivan and constructed in 1890. The once grand 4,000 square foot recital hall featured intricate plaster and carved wood ornaments, lavish stained glass windows, and cast iron electric chandeliers, all of which ultimately fell into disrepair. Laurence Booth, Booth Hansen, will discuss the award-winning restoration of one of Chicago’s most stunning interior spaces.
(photo) Ganz Hall, Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University, Chicago. Credit: Jim Peters




    General Information  


Experts in preservation - but also skilled in wit, humor and easy understanding - will present talks on a specific subject each month. Before each lecture there will be a Preservation Update, with announcements about upcoming meetings, other lectures and upcoming events related to preservation. Join us in our new location in The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago.






    Past Lectures  



January “International Superstar!The Significance of The Auditorium Building”

February "Henry Hobson Richardson and His Chicago Legacy"

March "Restoring The Auditorium Building: The Earliest Years"


January “It’s All About the Details: Randolph Tower Terra Cotta Restoration”

February “Ghost Façade: 618 S. Michigan”

March “Mies van der Rohe and Historic Preservation: A Report and Prognosis"

April “Hairpin Lofts: Art Deco Gem Transformation”

May "The Architecture of River Forest”

June "Wells Street Bridge Rehabilitation: A Moveable Monument Restored”

September "The Architecture of Barry Byrne"

October "Battledeck House: Modernism and Mechanization in Highland Park"

November "Construction, Demolition, and the Remaking of LaSalle"


January “Henry Ives Cobbs’ Chicago”

February “A Star is Reborn”

March “Strike! Chicago's Early Bowling Recs”

April "Myth Busters: A New Perspective on the Chicago School"

May “Typography of Courtyard Apartment Buildings: Rogers Park 1907-1933”

June “The Ross House: A Laboratory for Green Building Technology”

September “Saving Goldblatt's: The story of a ragtag community's battle (and victory!) to preserve a neighborhood landmark”

October, "Glessner House at 125: History and Preservation"

November, "Chicago’s Own American Palace"


January “Goldberg’s Prentice Hospital”

February “Absolute Sullivan”

March “Houses of Tomorrow Today”

April “Lake Point Tower: A Design History”

May “Special K: Chicago’s K-Town Historic District”

June “McCormick Place REDUX Winner”

September “Filming Chicago’s Loop”

October “40 Over 40”

November “Chicago’s Movable Bridges”









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