Tuesday, April 08, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Alliance Francaise - 54 West Chicago Avenue

Trained in Paris as an engineer, William Le Baron Jenney (1832 - 1907) was known as the father of the steel skyscraper. He designed Chicago West Parks and Boulevards in the 1870's and is best known for having designed the Home Insurance Building in 1884 - 1885.  Watch the documentary "in his own voice", preceded by a talk with Robert Bruegmann, architectural historian recently retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Please note: Mr. Bruegmann's introduction will be in English. The documentary is in French, but a French/English transcript will be available in hard copy. You can also download the English transcript now, or on your smart phone during the program. Merci!

Download the transcript in English (Word document)

This program is made possible thanks to L'Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures.  Special thanks to John Notz for special support.

For reservation information call: (312) 337-1070

Building Tops Tour Number Four
When: Afternoon of Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, from 2:20 p.m. to about 5:30 p.m.

Where: Santa Fe Building, 224 S. Michigan Avenue--please meet in lobby prior to 2:30 p.m. start time.

What: The tour starts at our first stop, the gorgeous sky-lit offices of Goettsch Partners Architects, on the 17th and topmost floor of Daniel Burnham’s Santa Fe Building at 224 S. Michigan Avenue. Then, on to a 4:00 p.m. visit to the new Wabash Tower (photo above), added to Roosevelt University in 2012 by Chicago architects Vickrey, Ovresat and Awsumb; this tour by arrangement with firm leader architect Vic Vickrey, and led by Leslie Slavitt of Roosevelt. We’ll see the lobby and bookstore, a higher floor dormitory room in the new tower, faculty offices, dining facilities, science and business classrooms and other educational spaces. Please do come join us for two very impressive architectural tours on high (thanks to our organizers).

Tour Capacity: Past Building Tops tours have been very popular, and they tend to sell out quickly.

Cost: $10.00 (Please reserve a space by phone or email.) This tour is limited to thirty persons.

RSVP: For further details, please contact Judy Freeman: jrfree3500@aol.com /Tel: 773-929-0329.

  • Dates: 23 May, 2014
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Address: The Alliance Française de Chicago
  • Contact: Judy Freeman
  • Email: jrfree3500@aol.com
Friday, May 23, 2014, from 6:00pm-9:00pm at The Alliance Française de Chicago

Please join us for a lecture by architect Pascal Laurent of Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (ENSAPM). He will present a slide lecture on the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale, erected in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris, and its impact on architecture, industrial design and ocean liner interiors.

Keith Bringe will present a brief overview on the Houses of Tomorrow featured at the Century of Progress 1933-1934 Chicago's World Fair.

Reception to follow in the Salon.

Cosponsored by the the Alliance Française, CADS and CCSAH.

Cost: $15.00 to members, and $20.00 to non-members of CCSAH, CADS, and/or AFC.

RSVP: Judy Freeman: jrfree3500@aol.com


Three Great Fall Programs - Barry Byrne at Unity Temple, Playboy Architecture and St. Ignatius / Holy Family



Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.
Vince Michael on Barry Byrne: Lecture, Reception, Book-Signing at Unity Temple
875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois (Oak Park stop, CTA Green Line).

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
St. Ignatius Prep. School, Architectural Collection, Holy Family Church
Meet at St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, 1076 W. Roosevelt Road.

Thursday, October 10, 2013, reception at 5:30, talk at 6:00.
“Playboy” Architecture: 1953 - 1979 with Beatriz Colomina
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Columbus Drive Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive at Jackson Boulevard.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.
Vince Michael on Barry Byrne: Lecture, Reception & Book-Signing at Unity Temple
Unity Temple 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois (Oak Park stop, CTA Green Line).

Courtesy University of Illinois Press

Chicago architect Barry Byrne apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright from 1902 to 1907, serving as structural engineer at Unity Temple.  Byrne went on to Seattle and worked with Wright’s sons in California.  Byrne also worked for Walter Burley Griffin.  He designed many revolutionary buildings for the Catholic Church, i.e. the Saint Thomas the Apostle (1924) in Hyde Park, and churches in Ireland.  Join SAH for a lecture on Byrne by Vince Michael, Executive Director of the Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto and former director of the Preservation Program at the School of the Art Institute.  Michael’s book will be available for sale, and is a long overdue look at this very talented architect. Please reserve early for this!

$10.00 for SAH members. $15.00 for non-members.  $5.00 for Students

Pay at door but reservations are required: sahchicago@gmail.com


Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
St. Ignatius Prep., Architectural Fragment Collection, and Holy Family Church Visit
Meet at St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, 1076 W. Roosevelt Road.

Join SAH for an extraordinary tour of the St. Ignatius Prep School grounds, with its amazing collection of lost city architectural fragments (including the only remaining Louis Sullivan Chicago Stock Exchange terra cotta cornice fragment, 22’ in length - over 10 tons) 
The culmination of Father Arnold J. Damen work in Chicago, the Second Empire-style brick school edifice was designed by Canadian architect Toussaint Menard; constructed from 1866-1869. It is a rare and distinctive example of institutional design pre-dating the Chicago fire of 1871. The additions to the 19-acre campus since the early days amount to 23,000 square feet. We will also tour Holy Family Church immediately to the west at 1080 W. Roosevelt Road (also spared in the fire: 1859 structure by architects Dillenburg & Zucher; façade additions and interior, 1860, by John Van Osdel; 1874 steeple by John P. Huber; 2002 restoration by architect John Vinci; look for its angel choir of full-size musicians).

$10.00 for SAH members. $15.00 for non-members.  $5.00 for Students

Reservations are required and space is limited:  sahchicago@gmail.com 


Thursday, October 10, 2013, reception at 5:30, talk at 6:00.
Playboy Architecture: 1953 - 1979 with Professor Beatriz Colomina
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Columbus Drive Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive at Jackson Boulevard.

Courtesy Princeton University Media and Modernity Program and copyright Playboy Enterprises

Princeton Professor Beatriz Colomina’s lecture will focus on a recent exhibition organized around how Chicago-based “Playboy Magazine” deployed architecture design to shape a new identity for the American man. The exhibition was based on a three-year research project led by Professor Colomina on the influences of “Playboy Magazine” and the Playboy clubs on architectural design in the period from 1953 to 1979, whether in the design of the clubs, or in the dissemination of ideas about swinging bachelor pads, conversation pits, portable playhouses, and penthouse apartments. The lecture is sponsored jointly by CCSAH and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

More information on the exhibition from Princeton's Media and Modernity Program

$10.00 for SAH members. $15.00 for non-members.  Free for SAIC Students

Reservations are required and space is limited:  sahchicago@gmail.com 


“Berlin Rising”: An illustrated slide lecture by architectural historian Susan Benjamin

Jewish Museum, Berlin, by Daniel Libeskind, 2001 Courtesy Liebeskind
“Berlin Rising”: An illustrated slide lecture by architectural historian Susan Benjamin

When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:30 check-in, 6:00 talk.

Where: AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Drive, 2nd floor.

What: Join Susan Benjamin on an historical and architectural odyssey through Berlin, Potsdam and the Bauhaus at Dessau - a trip in 2012 led by Brown University architectural historian Dietrich Naumann.  Susan will present an illustrated lecture with photos of seldom-seen places including a ‘Habitation’ by Le Corbusier and Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower. Like Chicago in 1871, Berlin experienced a rebirth in 1945, with particularly astonishing changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as the city became the scene of multiple building projects. Today it is a city of vibrant new architecture, with contributions by Frank Gehry, Helmut Jahn, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, and many others.  The streetscape is unique in reflecting the city’s war-torn, sordid past, with buildings from Hitler’s regime and from the Karl Friedrich Schinkel era.

Reception: At AIA Chicago before the lecture.

Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

RSVP: by email to  jrfree3500@aol.com ,

or call Judy Freeman at (773)929-0329  by Feb. 18th.

Space is limited, please reply early!


Architect Duncan Stroik on Church Design, April 9th

Holy Family Church, Nebraska

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: Meet at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street, Anderson Hall, ground floor coffee area.

Reception and lecture by Notre Dame University architecture professor and church architect, Duncan G. Stroik.  Mr. Stroik will present his church projects - often neoclassical in style - ranging from small renovations to large and imposing contemporary structures. Non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers provided. Attendees may also visit the new addition to the Fourth Presbyterian Church by Gensler Architects, including Buchanan Chapel, dedicated this January, which has excellent views of the original 1912 Ralph Adams Cram NeoGothic church and of neighboring Michigan Avenue rooftops, including the Palmolive Building.

Cost: $7.00 to members and $10.00 to non-members.

Parking: Vouchers available for 900 N. Michigan Parking Garage use.

RSVP: Email by April 1 to jrfree3500@aol.com.


2013 On the Road with CCSAH: Black Point and Lake Geneva Country Club, Wisconsin

Black Point Photo Courtesy Vince Michael
2013 On the Road with CCSAH: Black Point and Lake Geneva Country Club, Wisconsin

When:  Sunday, June 30, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where:  Black Point Museum at Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Cost: Details TBA for members and non-members.

Meals: Box lunch at Linn Town Park. Late afternoon buffet dinner at the Lake Geneva Country Club.

What: Save the date! Come join CCSAH for an all-day bus outing to the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and beer brewer Conrad Seipp’s Black Point estate of 1888 by Adolph Cudell (with partner Blumenthal, architect of old Aldine Square and the Peter Schoenhofen Brewing Administration building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood). The Conrad Seipp house, with its lovely Queen Anne details, lake views, and boat dock will enchant with its Widow’s Walk, lavish interior details, original children’s dollhouse, verandas, and verdant landscaping of a bygone era. On property originally known as the resort ‘Kaye’s Park’, the house contains thirteen bedrooms, a grand staircase, pot-bellied stoves, elaborate woodwork and mirrors, Gilded Age light fixtures, and sumptuous fireplaces.

As this bus trip is limited to 43 persons, please inquire for registration form and RSVP by June 10 to Judy Freeman by telephone at (773)929-0329, or by email to jrfree3500@aol.com



Benjamin Marshall Book Seeks Images / Information

The Benjamin Marshall Society needs your help!

The Benjamin Marshall Society is preparing a book about Benjamin Marshall’s architecture, life and impact on Chicago -- our own urban environment. This will be the first such book on this important Chicago design personality and we need you to help us on many different fronts, including helping us locate publishable rare historic photos and printed memorabilia about his works. Did you or your family members attend any dinners at the Drake, Edgewater Beach, or Blackstone Hotels, or perhaps see performances at , say, the Blackstone theater? Do you have any photographic souvenirs tucked away in an album from one of those events from long ago? Please get in touch with us if you have any rare brochures, photos, postcards, or other historic visual materials that might enrich the photographic content of our book which is scheduled for a fall-winter 2014 release. We’ll borrow and return any and all items, and scan those that will be used in the book.  For further information contact the society through: benmarshallsociety@yahoo.com


Q. Where are Chicago’s Architectural Historians? A. They’re in Paris.

Q.  Where are Chicago’s Architectural Historians?  A. They’re in Paris.

William Le Baron Jenney (1832-1907)

From the École Centrale of Paris to the Skyscrapers of Chicago

Mercredi 19 décembre, Maison des Centraliens 8, rue Jean Goujon, Paris, 8e  arr.
9h :         Pierre VAREILLE, président de l’Association des Centraliens, Mot d’accueil
L’urbaniste paysagiste

Présidence : Antoine PICON, École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées et Harvard University

9h20 :    Julia S. BACHRACH, Chicago Park District
Re-creating Nature Jenney and Chicago’s West Parks

9h40 :    Isabelle GOURNAY, University of Maryland
Engineer, Architect and Citizen : Jenney in Riverside, Chicago's Iconic Model Suburb

10h :      Christopher VERNON, University of Western Australia
Jenney, Landscape Gardener

10h20 : Discussion et pause

11h10 : Mary WOOLEVER, The Art Institute of Chicago
Research Resources Documenting the Rise of  the Chicago Skyscraper

11h30 : Nathaniel PARKS, The Art Institute of Chicago
The William Le Baron Jenney Archives at the Art Institute of  Chicago

Le constructeur architecte
Présidence : Jean CASTEX, ENSA Versailles

14h :      Gerald R. LARSON, University of Cincinnati
Reassessing the Legend of Jenney’s Home Insurance Building

14h20 : Sara E. WERMIEL, Independent Scholar
The Emergence of Sructural Hollow Tile in the US : Antecedents, Chicago and Jenney’s

14h40 : Thomas LESLIE, Iowa State University
Technical Aspects of Jenney’s Skyscrapers, 1880-1900 : An Evolutionary Process

15h :      Discussion et pause

15h 40 : Michael FUS, Chicago Park District
Soaring to New Heights : Jenney’s Manipulation of  Materials

16h :      Robert BRUEGMANN, University of Illinois, Chicago
Jenney, Founder of  the Chicago School ?

16h 20 : Discussion

16h30 : Marianne ARNOLFO, Djuna PATIN et Ali TMART, École Centrale de Paris
Les innovations de Jenney : décryptage à partir de la modélisation d’immeubles de Chicago

16h50 : Jean-François BELHOSTE, EPHE, Conclusion

17h :      Cocktail

Lundi 17 décembre, auditorium de l’Institut national d’histoire de l’Art
6, rue des Petits-Champs, Paris, 2e  arr.

9h15 :    Antoinette LE NORMAND-ROMAIN, directrice de l’INHA, Mot d’accueil

9h30 :    Karen BOWIE, ENSA Paris - La Villette, et Jean-François BELHOSTE, EPHE
Présentation du colloque
Les formations d’ingénieur et d’architecte
Présidence : Isabelle GOURNAY, University of Maryland

9h50 :    David VAN ZANTEN, Northwestern University
A Figure Everywhere yet Nowhere : What Question to Ask ?

10h10 : Bruno BELHOSTE, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne Former des ingénieurs en France et aux États-Unis avant 1860 : une relation transatlantique

10h30 : Marie-Laure CROSNIER LECONTE, INHA
Parcours d’un contemporain : Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895) et l’École des Beaux-Arts

10h50 : Discussion et pause (salle Aby Warburg) 11h30 : Anne RICHARD-BAZIRE, École du Louvre
La formation de l’architecte Jean-Louis Pascal (1837-1920) :de l’atelier de Jacques Émile Gilbert à l’agence de l’Opéra

11h50 : Discussion
Présidence : Robert BRUEGMANN, University of Illinois, Chicago 14h30 : Jean-Marie BARBICHE, École Centrale de Paris et Jean-Louis BORDES, Centrale-Histoire

Les archives de l'École Centrale et leur mise en valeur

14h50 : Valérie NÈGRE, ENSA Paris - La Villette
Le cours de « Constructions civiles, Travaux publics et Architecture » de l’École Centrale dans les années 1850

15h10 : Discussion et pause

16h :      Jean-François BELHOSTE, EPHE

L’École Centrale au début des années 1850 : son enseignement, ses élèves

16h20 : Jean-François BELHOSTE et Philippe DENIZET, École Centrale de Paris Boston, Paris, Chicago : l’histoire extraordinaire d’un Centralien américain (film)

16h30 : Discussion

16h50 : Jean-François BELHOSTE, EPHE, Conclusion

Mardi 18 décembre, matin, auditorium de l’Institut national d’histoire de l’Art
6, rue des Petits-Champs, Paris, 2e  arr.

9h15 :    Accueil des participants
Les transfor mations de Paris dans les années 1 850
Présidence : David VAN ZANTEN, Northwestern University

9h30 :    Isabelle PARIZET, EPHE   Un américain à Paris

9h50 :    Jean-Pierre LE DANTEC, ENSA Paris - La Villette
L’École française de paysagisme à l’époque d’Alphand

10h10 : Sophie CUEILLE, Patrimoines et Inventaire Île-de-France
Le Vésinet modèle français d’urbanisme paysager ?

10h30 : Discussion et pause (salle Aby Warburg) 11h20 : Karen BOWIE
Paris et la « nouvelle science ferroviaire » (1845-1855)

11h50 : Discussion

Mardi 18 décembre, après-midi, musée d’Orsay
5, quai Anatole France, Paris, 7e  arr.

Inscription indispensable : www.centraliens.net/docs/baron_jenney.php

La construction métallique au X IX e siècle : ingénieurs et architectes

14h30 - 18h : Ateliers
sous la direction d’Alice THOMINE-BERRADA, musée d’Orsay

14h30 et 16h : Visite de l’exposition « Victor Baltard, le fer et le pinceau », par Florie ALARD et Ruth FIORI, musée d’Orsay

14h30 et 16h : Les archives de Gustave Eiffel, par Alice THOMINE-BERRADA 14h30 et 16h : La construction de la gare d’Orsay par Victor Laloux, par Isabelle LOUTREL, DRAC Champagne-Ardenne

14h30 et 16h : Sur les traces du Centralien Eugène Bertrand de Fontviollant, constructeur de la gare d’Orsay, par Jean-François BELHOSTE

14h30 et 16h : Visite de l’exposition « Architectures et ornements métalliques », par Caroline MATHIEU, musée d’Orsay



“The White City” by June Finfer at Glessner House 9/28 at Glessner House

                                          “The White City” by June Finfer at Glessner House

When: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Glessner House Coach House, 1800 S. Prairie St.

Cost: $25.00 per person / $22.00 for CCSAH members.

Prepaid Reservations - Make check payable to SAH Chicago,

1365 N. Astor Street, Chicago, IL. 60610 by Sept. 21st.

An original new musical with book by the noted author June Finfer of Lost and Found Productions, with score by Elizabeth Doyle, entitled “The White City”.
When Chicago wins the right to host the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park, the architect chosen to design and build it in record time, Daniel Burnham, finds ambition is not enough: he must enlist the support of all, even those who oppose him.   
In the three-year period of construction of the mile square fairground, a vast canvas of characters vie with fate, death and love to achieve the impossible, “making no little plans”. The musical explores the politics and passions behind a unique national event, in many ways the first and last event of its kind!  
June Finfer is an award-winning writer, and a producer of documentaries.  Her film about the architecture of Mies van der Rohe has been broadcast on A&E and PBS and won a first prize at the American Film Festival. In her previous play, “The Glass House,” she wrote of the relationship between architect Mies and his client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth.

More info: www.glessnerhouse.org  

Questions? Contact Judy Freeman: jrfree3500@aol.com /T:773-929-0329.



Great Lakes Naval Station Administration Building, 1911, Jarvis Hunt
On the Road with Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter:
Tour of Great Lakes Naval Station, Lake Forest Cemetery, 2 Adler/Dangler houses
Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Download and Print Reservation Form (Click Here).

Join SAH for a bus tour of the historic 1911 Great Lakes buildings including Brick Row, the Naval Museum and Administration Building by architect Jarvis Hunt, guided by John Sheppard, Public Affairs officer.  plus the Ralph Poole Estate in Lake Bluff by David Adler and Henry Dangler, an exterior tour of the Dewey mansion in North Chicago, with visits to the Lake Forest Cemetery and the Fort Sheridan campus.
Lunch: at The Grille on Laurel, Lake Forest, IL.

Wiki retrieved 7/3/2012 (kb):  Naval Station Great Lakes is the home of the United States Navy's only boot camp, located near the city of North Chicago, Illinois, in Lake County. Important tenant commands include the Recruit Training Command, Training Support Center and Navy Recruiting District Chicago. Naval Station Great Lakes is the second largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the Navy. The base has 1,153 buildings situated on 1,628 acres  and has 50 miles of roadway to provide access to the base's facilities. 
The original 39 buildings built between 1905 and 1911 were designed by Jarvis Hunt.

The base is like a small city, with its own fire department, Naval Security Force, and public works department.
One of the landmarks of the area is Building 1, also known as the clocktower building. Completed in 1911, the building is made of red brick, and has a tower that stands 300 feet over the third floor of the building. The large parade ground in front of the administration building is named Ross Field.

Cost: $85 for members, $95 non-members.
RSVP by July 18th by email to: jrfree3500@aol.com, or please call Judy Freeman at (773)929-0329.

Space is limited please reply early.

No photography allowed at Great Lakes Naval Station.

Pickup point:  Board tour bus at Adams and Michigan near the “Au Bon Pain” restaurant at 7:45 a.m. for 8:00 a.m. departure. See note below for Old Orchard special pickup. We should be back in Chicago by 8:00 p.m. Please join us!
Alternative North Shore pickup (at Old Orchard shopping center parking lot near Citibank at 9933 Lawler Avenue, Skokie, IL).

PURE DECO: The Powhatan Ballroom, Sat. July 28th

Attend PURE DECO III at the Powhatan Apartments Ballroom
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 5:30 - 9:00 pm

Attend PURE DECO III at the Powhatan Apartments Ballroom
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 5:30 - 9:00 pm

The first phase of the Chicago Art Deco Project – a comprehensive survey of 712 art deco buildings, sites and monuments - is substantially complete establishing an outstanding regional archive for inter-war period design. The project has already supported significant preservation progress.
A masterpiece of residential art deco design, the Powhatan’s striking polychrome terra cotta exterior encloses 22 floors of luxury.  Designed in 1928 by Robert DeGolyer with lavish interiors by Charles Morgan, this lovingly preserved jewel box is located at 4950 South Chicago Beach Drive in Hyde Park. The Powhatan is situated with spectacular views of the loop and the lake.  The ballroom features terraces and monumental windows.

Read a fantastic, full color article on the building by Teri Edelstein and Neil Harris by clicking here.
Use of the 22nd floor Powhatan Ballroom is usually restricted to co-op owners, only.  Through special permission of the building’s board we will have access to the buildings most beautiful common features.
PURE Deco will include drinks (champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks) and heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music by modern crooner Justin Hayford, a spectacular silent auction, projections of photographs and rare archival film footage.  Catering by AEL - Chef Andrew Lawrence.  Period dress is encouraged. 
Guests are limited to just 90 persons, so reserve early!
The Chicago Art Deco Society is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All but $15 of the ticket price is tax deductible.   Respond by July 18th by calling 708-358-1394 or e-mail chicagoartdeco@gmail.com for more information or to make reservations.
Reserved attendees will receive confirmation and logistics.

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YES!  I will support the work of the Chicago Art Deco Survey:

Reservation(s) for the PURE Deco event at the member price of $110 or $120 for non-members.

$200 - $499 Contributors at this level will receive one ticket to the PURE Deco event, acknowledgement in CADS Magazine and in signage at the PURE Deco event.

$500+   Contributors at this level receive acknowledgement in the book, “Art Deco Chicago”, in CADS Magazine, as well as in signage at the Powhatan event plus 2 tickets and a copy of the FULL Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine Digital Archive – over 65 issues scanned as PDF’s for your tablet or home computer.