Preservation Snapshots Lectures

Preservation Snapshots is one of Landmarks Illinois’ longest running educational programs. Since 2001, the series has provided 175 lectures on diverse preservation-related topics to our members and the public. Guest speakers have included architects, historians, preservation professionals, planners, authors and architectural historians. Landmarks Illinois has partnered with venues such as Chicago Cultural Center, The Auditorium Theatre and AIA Chicago to bring over 8,000 attendees the opportunity to learn about Illinois’ remarkable past and the community benefits of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and to be inspired to take action in their own communities.


How does the adaptive reuse of a long-abandoned big box store into a state-of-the-art educational center translate to the evolving field of preservation? Learn how a former Kmart, long seen as a disposable building ready for the landfill, was transformed into a vibrant campus for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan. Project leaders, school staff and students will share insights on the innovative preservation effort. This 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award winning project is emblematic of a new direction in the field of preservation, where what a community values is recognized, where no building is overlooked for its reuse potential and where inclusion, equity and environmental sustainability are prioritized.


Wednesday, November 3
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Reservation required. $5 Members/$7 Public


Via Zoom


  • Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, President/Founder, JGMA
    Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, is an award winning architect and President/Founder of JGMA (Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects). Mr. Moreno was born in Bogota, Colombia and studied architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In 2010 he launched JGMA with the sole purpose of transforming Chicago’s diverse communities with his architecture. Juan Moreno is involved in the planning and design of all projects at JGMA.
  • Preston Kendall, President, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
    Preston Kendall (LGC ‘97) was part of the three-person leadership team that founded the original Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago in 1996. Kendall was also part of the team that established the Cristo Rey Network to help replicate the high school’s unique model for education, becoming its first full-time employee in 2004.
  • Katrina Padilla, High School Senior at Cristo Rey St. Martin College
  • Brisel Jimenez, Relationship Manager, Cristo Rey St. Martin Corporate Work Study Program, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep alumna

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