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Since 2001, Landmarks Illinois has featured past and present projects, highlighted the life works of familiar and overlooked architects, presented current issues and much more at our noontime Preservation Snapshots lectures held monthly in Chicago. We're embarking on an effort to expand the Snapshots audience and invite your feedback.
 
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Survey results will inform our decision about future lectures' time of day, locations, and topics of interest. The renewed Snapshots program will be announced by May 2015.

Preservation Snapshots Returns in March 2015

 

Last Is More: Mies, IBM and the Transformation of Chicago

 

(writer) Robert Sharoff and (photographer) William Zbaren

 

Last Is More: Mies, IBM and the
Transformation of Chicago

Date: Thursday, March 26 - 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Speakers: (writer) Robert Sharoff and (photographer) William Zbaren

 

On the eve of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 129th birthday, writer Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren will discuss Mies’s final commission, the IBM Building, as well as his Chicago legacy. “Mies spent the last three decades of his life living and working in Chicago and his style eventually came to define the city in much the same way Baron Haussmann’s does Paris and Bernini’s does Rome,” said Sharoff. The 52-story IBM Building, the drawings for which were completed several weeks before Mies’s death in 1969, was the most expensive office building in the city’s history. It also represented the culmination of a half-century spent exploring the possibilities of steel and glass design. During its construction, New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable posited that the IBM Building “may well be the most important skyscraper in the country.” The IBM Building came midway through a legendary period in Chicago architecture – the decade-long building boom between 1965 and 1975 when Mies’s influence was at its most pervasive and his students and acolytes produced such enduring landmarks as McCormick Place, Lake Point Tower and the John Hancock Center. These buildings continue to dominate the city’s skyline and are at the heart of Chicago’s claim to be the founding city of American modernism.

 

Last Is More: Mies, IBM and the Transformation of Chicago

 

About the Speakers

 

Robert Sharoff (writer) and William Zbaren (photographer) are the creators of the American City Project, which celebrates the historic architecture of the Midwest. Their books include American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005 and American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design. They also report on architecture and real estate for the New York Times and other publications.

 

Admission: Free

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

Building Check-in: Lecture attendees will be required to sign in at the Roosevelt University security desk on the Main Floor, Michigan Avenue entrance. A valid photo ID is required to gain access to the building.

 

 

  

Wright’s Dana House and the Preservation of Houses Created as Complete Works of Art

 

George H. Marcus, author and adjunct assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Wright’s Dana House and the Preservation of Houses Created as Complete Works of Art

Date: Thursday, April 16 – 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: George H. Marcus, author and adjunct assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania

 

In his richly illustrated book Total Design: Architecture and Interiors of Iconic Modern Houses, George H. Marcus writes: “More than any other modern architect, Frank Lloyd Wright created his houses as complete works of art.” In talking about his new book, Professor Marcus will discuss how Wright realized his vision by unifying all aspects of design at the Dana House in Springfield—architecture, furnishings, decorative objects, materials, and color—and reflect on the importance of considering the integrity of the complete work of art when these houses are preserved.

 

About the Speaker

 

George H. Marcus, adjunct assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, is coauthor of the pioneering survey Landmarks of Twentieth-Century Design and The Houses of Louis Kahn. His other publications include Masters of Modern Design, What Is Design Today?, and Le Corbusier: Inside the Machine for Living. For more than thirty years, he served as director of publications and graphic design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Photo credit: Steve Legato

 

Admission: Free

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

Building Check-in: Lecture attendees will be required to sign in at the Roosevelt University security desk on the Main Floor, Michigan Avenue entrance. A valid photo ID is required to gain access to the building.

 

 

Landmarks Continues Partnership with The Auditorium Theater

   

Celebrating The Auditorium at 125Landmarks Illinois is pleased to continue its partnership with The Auditorium Theater for Spring 2015. The Preservation Snapshots lecture series will be held at Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, formerly the dining room of the Auditorium Hotel.

 

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

 

     
    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  
 

 

2015

January “Chicago’s Heroic Architecture”

 

Presented in partnership with One Book One Chicago

2014

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"

April "Tracking the Lost Treasures of the Auditorium"

May “Lost to Progress: Congress Street, the Auditorium, and the South Loop”

June "Trailing Louis Sullivan: The Restoration of Ganz Hall"

September "Sullivan in the Loop"

October "The Auditorium in Context: Chicago in the late 1880s"

November "Historic Chicago Theaters"

 

Our 2014 lectures were presented in partnership with The Auditorium Theatre to honor the theater’s 125th anniversary.

2013

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"

 

Our 2013 and all previous lectures were presented in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Center.

2012

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"

2011

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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