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.

The Benefits of Accessory Dwelling Units

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Coach houses are a common housing type in Chicago and are a form of accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. ADUs are a well-known way to subtly increase housing options in a high-demand neighborhood, while also providing lower-cost housing. ADUs can also increase the value to an older property, which can head off pressure to sell it and tear it down. Re-legalizing them in Chicago is an official policy that has yet to be adopted, although that may change soon, following the lead of many other cities now adopting ADU legislation.

Steven Vance, urban planner, and Elle Ramel, Director of Development at Farpoint Development, will discuss the benefits of ADUs and their work to educate residents and community groups. In addition, an architect from Booth Hansen will discuss their role in designing to the narrow parameters of typical ADU laws. (Photo credit: Building collage, Gabriel X. Michael)


Thursday, November 7, 2019

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


AIA Chicago
35 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago


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Steven Vance

Steven Vance is an urban planner. He works for Morrison Architectural Planning Strategies (MAPS), a real estate compliance partner. He also founded Chicago Cityscape, a real estate information service for developers, contractors, architects, brokers, and homeowners.

Elle Ramel

Elle Ramel is the Director of Development at Farpoint Development. She helps to project manage the redevelopment of the Michael Reese Hospital site in Chicago. She also co-founded City Open Workshop – a bi-monthly forum designed to bring architects and planners together to assist communities with design capabilities.



Donovan Rypkema September 16 Presentation

Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics led a Preservation Snapshots Lecture September 16, 2019, “Lessons for Chicago: Recent Findings on the Impacts of Historic Preservation.” See his presentation below. 


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