Restoration of historic buildings requires an extensive tool kit. Part art, part science, and entirely creative, accurate restoration involves planning, research, engineering, recreation, preservation, and much more. This presentation will examine restoration from top to bottom with a deep look at our Fanny Glessner bedroom project, as well as other notable intriguing projects at the house.
Completed in 1925 as one of the nation’s largest movie palaces, the Uptown Theatre has languished for more than two decades. The recent announcement of a $75 million campaign to restore the theatre has the potential to make it one of Chicago’s most tremendous historic preservation comeback stories. Presented by journalist Andy Pierce, a founder of Friends of the Uptown.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw (May 7, 1869), this symposium brings together five scholars who will speak on various aspects of Shaw’s notable career. Known in his day as the most radical of the conservatives, and the most conservative of the radicals, Shaw’s style combined a variety of influences in new and innovative ways that make his buildings, ranging from country houses to manufacturing plants, distinctive and easily recognizable. Stuart Cohen, author of Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect, is the keynote speaker.
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!
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.