Historic Preservation at 50

  • Glessner House Museum 1800 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60616 United States

Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation 

Many view the loss of Louis Sullivan's Stock Exchange Building in 1971 as the launch of the preservation movement in Chicago. But in 1966, a small group of individuals formed the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation to save H. H. Richardson's epochal Glessner House from demolition. That same year, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act and a new historic preservation movement gained traction in cities from coat to coast, including Chicago.

Looking Toward the Future

Join Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks IllinoisAIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church as we present Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement. This day-long symposium event will celebrate one of the first great preservation success stories in Chicago, explore why we continue to save old buildings in the 21st century, and generate broad input into the future of historic preservation, its role in society now and for generations to come.

Continuing Education Credits

This program is eligible for up to five (5) AIA/CES credits. Please refer to schedule of events below for valuation by topic.

Tickets and Fees

Members of Glessner House Museum, Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church receive reduced admission. Please select at time of purchase.

Pre-paid reservations required.

Full Day Package - $30 / $24 members

Keynote & Afternoon Panel - $20 / $16 members

Keynote Address Only - $10

Optional Box Lunch - $10



Glessner House at 50

This event is part of the Glessner House Museum 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2016! Join us for other 50th Anniversary programming:

LECTURE: Preservation Pays

PRESERVATION SNAPSHOT: The Future of Historic House Museums

Today, Glessner House is a nationally respected house museum, yet its past and future point not just to preservation but to reuse and innovation. Glessner House was saved not by starry-eyed nostalgics but by practical citizens who knew that every building must be self-sustaining. As it celebrates its 50th year, Glessner House is redefining itself within the changing mission of preservation in Chicago so that its vision, approach and vitality are relevant for a new century. Learn more about the 50th Anniversary and how you can help us realize our new vision.