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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.


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



Preservation Snapshots will be on hiatus for July and August.



Sullivan in the Loop
Date: Thursday, September 18
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.
Douglas Gilbert, architect





Architect Douglas Gilbert will discuss Louis Sullivan and the Auditorium Building in relation to Sullivan's other work in Chicago's Loop--both surviving and lost.
Prior to starting his own firm in 2010, Douglas Gilbert, AIA worked at Harboe Architects for three years and for Gunny Harboe at McClier for nine years. During that time, he was project architect on award winning projects such as Sullivan Center, Crown Hall at IIT, Reliance Building, Chicago Board of Trade and Annie May Swift Hall at Northwestern University. He is also an architectural historian with extensive experience researching and writing on historic architecture.


Photo: Auditorium Building, Wabash Avenue and Congress Street, Chicago, c. 1890.




The Auditorium in Context: Chicago in the late 1880s
Date: Thursday, October 16
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.
William Tyre, executive director and curator of Glessner House Museum


The Auditorium in Context: Chicago in the late 1880s




The time frame in which the Auditorium was planned and built was a period of dynamic and explosive growth in the city of Chicago . In this lecture, William Tyre will look at other buildings being constructed in and around downtown, the growth of cultural and philanthropic organizations, the business leaders who were shaping the destiny of the city, and the political and social issues that defined the era. This examination will set the stage for the ambitious Auditorium project, both as a reaction to its time and as a model for the future.
William Tyre has served as Executive Director and Curator of the H.H. Richardson designed Glessner House Museum in Chicago since October 2007 and is the author of Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue, published in 2008. He holds a Masters in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to coming to Glessner, he served as the comptroller for the Society of Architectural Historians and was the program manager for their site, the Charnley-Persky House Museum, a Chicago landmark designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1892.


Photo: Michigan Avenue, Chicago, c. 1880s




Historic Chicago Theaters
Date: Thursday, November 20
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Place: The Auditorium Building, Chicago
Christ Jones, Chicago Tribune theater critic





Chris Jones, longtime chief Chicago Tribune theater critic, will talk about the history of the Auditorium Theatre as a performance venue in the context of Chicago’s great collection of historic theaters.
Mr. Jones has reviewed and commented on culture, the arts, politics and entertainment for the Tribune for 15 years. He serves on the editorial board for the Best Plays annual and has twice served on the drama committee of the Pulitzer Prizes. His arts criticism also has appeared often in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, American Theatre magazine and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by "Chicago Tribune" Critics.


Photo: Chris Jones





    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"

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"


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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