Private tour of Unity Temple with Gunny Harboe
May
30
5:30 PM17:30

Private tour of Unity Temple with Gunny Harboe

SOLD OUT! Frank Lloyd Wright referred to his design of Unity Temple as “my contribution to modern architecture.” As one of the first public buildings in the country to feature exposed concrete, and the last surviving building from Wright’s Prairie School period, it is, quite simply, an architectural masterpiece, “embodying the bold elegance, visionary experimentation, and functional integrity that characterize modern architecture.” A meticulous $20 million restoration, completed in 2017, has returned Unity Temple to its appearance as envisioned by Wright, down to the smallest detail. This very special tour will be led by preservation architect Gunny Harboe, who led the restoration effort. Learn all the details that go into restoring a Wright masterpiece!

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The Life and Work of Architect Ben Weese
Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

The Life and Work of Architect Ben Weese

Architect Ben Weese, celebrating his 90th birthday on June 4th, initially followed his older brothers into the world of architecture, but soon emerged with an independent identity as both architect and urban planner that focused on his commitment to social responsibility. Ben and his brother Harry worked tirelessly to rescue and successfully save one of Chicago’s most important buildings - Glessner House. A decade later, he rose to prominence as a member of the “Chicago Seven,” a group of young architects that challenged the prominence of the Miesians by reclaiming the legacy of lesser-appreciated architects through writings and exhibitions. The lecture will be given by author and architectural historian Robert Bruegmann, who is currently writing a book on the architectural careers of Ben and his wife Cynthia. Architect Peter Landon, who worked in the Weeses’ office for ten years, will provide the introduction. This is the second offering in the Wilbert R. Hasbrouck Historic Preservation Lecture Series at Glessner House, generously funded by a gift from Paul and Margaret Lurie.  

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A Walk Through Time
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

A Walk Through Time

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception with live jazz music from the PaulSun Trio, food from a local restaurant, beverages donated by Binny’s and Motor Row Brewing, and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Tour: Milwaukee By Bus
Jun
22
8:00 AM08:00

Tour: Milwaukee By Bus

Explore the history and architecture of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on this full day bus tour, co-sponsored by the Chicago Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians.  Sites include the Benjamin Church house (Milwaukee’s oldest house), Villa Terrace (designed by David Adler), the Basilica of St. Josaphat (built with stones from Chicago’s old post office and custom house), Forest Home Cemetery, and the Burnham Block (six American System-Built homes by Frank Lloyd Wright).  The cost includes round trip deluxe coach transportation from Chicago, all site admissions, a full-color booklet with detailed site information, and lunch at the elegant Wisconsin Club, the former Gilded Age mansion of Alexander Mitchell.

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Courtyard Concert:  Emily Hurd
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

Courtyard Concert: Emily Hurd

Pack your picnic, grab your blanket and chairs, and chill your favorite beverages, it's time for Courtyard Concerts at Glessner House. Our first concert of the season will feature acclaimed Chicago singer/songwriter Emily Hurd. Described by the Daily Gazette as “About equal parts Shawn Colvin (vocal beauty, heartland roots), Tori Amos (pianistic punch) and Maria Muldaur (bluesy buzz)” Hurd’s thoughtful lyrics and amazing voice are a perfect complement to a summer evening.

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Prairie Avenue Walking Tour
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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Courtyard Concert:  Suneetha Vaitheswaran Quartet
Jul
24
5:30 PM17:30

Courtyard Concert: Suneetha Vaitheswaran Quartet

Pack your picnic, grab your blanket and chairs, and chill your favorite beverages, it's time for Courtyard Concerts at Glessner House.  Our second concert will feature Chicago's Suneetha Vaitheswaran Quartet, which entertains audiences with a broad selection of jazz standards from the great American songbook tradition. Vocalist Suneetha Vaitheswaran performs regularly at Chicago's legendary Jazz Showcase with world-class musicians Patrick Mulcahy on bass, and Gregory Arty on drums.  They will join her and Paul Di Lorenzo on guitar to interpret jazz standards and modern classics for this concert.   

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Prairie Avenue  Walking Tour
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.

 

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

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Prairie Avenue Walking Tour
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Prairie Avenue Walking Tour

This tour will take you down Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, once home to Marshall Field, George Pullman, and many other business and social leaders of the late 19th century. See photos of the houses that have been lost and view the surviving mansions. Highlights will include an interior tour of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church with its collection of nine Tiffany windows.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Remembering the Garrick: An Evening with John Vinci
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Remembering the Garrick: An Evening with John Vinci

The Garrick Theater looms large in Chicago history – both as a masterpiece of Adler & Sullivan and as one of the earliest organized efforts to preserve an important part of our architectural heritage.  This exclusive event will provide attendees with an intimate view of the building as experienced by architect John Vinci, who was on the front line to fight for its preservation, which then shifted to a salvage operation when demolition became imminent.  Co-sponsored by Bldg. 51 Museum. A partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image courtesy of the Richard Nickel Archive, Art Institute of Chicago

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The Vanishing City: Excavating the Chicago World's Fair of 1893
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

The Vanishing City: Excavating the Chicago World's Fair of 1893

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition lasted for only six months before its structures “vanished.” But the Fair’s permanent impact on American consumer culture, city planning, and questions around citizenry and foreignness was deeply tied to and reinforced by its ephemerality. Professor Rebecca Graff will discuss her archaeological and archival research focused on the Fair’s ephemeral “White City” and Midway Plaisance. The results of the excavation in Jackson Park revealed a robust archaeological signature of the extensive sanitary infrastructure of the Fair and, surprisingly, delicate plaster remains of the Fair’s Ohio State Building. Graff’s work links the Fair, as a catalyst for structural change and its material record, to the larger social structures of late nineteenth century America. A partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.

 

 

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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Memory in Glass
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

Memory in Glass

This lecture and tour will focus on a significant collection of memorial windows at Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago, the only church in the city to be individually listed as a National Historic Landmark.  The factors resulting in the increased use of leaded glass during the 19th century will be examined, as will the innovations that led to this growth by national figures such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge, and local practitioners including Louis Millet and Giannini & Hilgart, all of whom are represented at the church.  Specific examples of the myriad types of glass developed during the period will be examined, including drapery glass, confetti glass, faceted jewels, and the all-important opalescent glass perfected by Tiffany. Finally, the donors themselves, and those for whom the memorial windows were given, will be discussed, including such prominent names as Marshall Field, George Pullman, Silas Cobb, Timothy Blackstone, and John Crerar.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Historic Second Church. A partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image by Mark F. Heffron.

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On the Road with H. H. Richardson
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

On the Road with H. H. Richardson

In 1882, Henry Hobson Richardson embarked on an extended trip to Europe. His itinerary through France, Italy, and Spain, and his impressions of what he saw, were preserved in a series of letters he sent home to his wife Julia in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Upon his return to the United States, Richardson set to work on a series of commissions that were deeply influenced by his European travels, and resulted in the emergence of his trademark style, that eventually became known as Richardsonian Romanesque.  These included such seminal works as the Marshall Field Wholesale Store in Chicago, the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, his unbuilt project for the All Saints Episcopal Cathedral in Albany, New York, and Glessner House.  This program by Kay Young, a lecturer in medieval material culture, will retrace Richardson's steps through Europe and will show how the memory of what he saw directly influenced the projects he designed during the remaining four years of his life. A partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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The Architecture of Glessner House
Dec
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Architecture of Glessner House

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic.  Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch.

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