SWAN ON POND at AIA - Tuesday January 26th

David Swan on the Autobiography of Irving Pond at AIA Chicago

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
5:30 pm Reception – 6:00 pm Lecture
AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr, Suite 250.
FREE for Members. $10 for Guests
Reservations are Required.
Please RSVP to sahchicago@gmail.com
or Judy Freeman at 773-929-0329.

Irving Kane Pond (1858-1939) was a partner with his brother Allen in Pond & Pond, an important architectural firm in Chicago from 1890 through 1929. Their buildings are among the best Chicago examples of the Arts and Crafts style. Among their best known structures are the Hull House dining halls, the American School of Correspondence Building and several buildings on the University of Chicago Campus. SAH members may remember the Julius Hegeler House (1902) adjacent to the Hegeler Carus mansion in LaSalle Peru from the summer 2007 trip.

Irving Pond wrote his autobiography between 1937 and 1939. The handwritten manuscript was given to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1939 where it has been kept since. Swan has redacted and edited the book and added several hundred photographs. Copies of the Autobiography will be available for sale at the event.

David Swan is a Chicago architect who studied architecture and city planning at IIT. In 2008, David edited and published the facsimile edition of The Book of the Fine Arts Building.


"Reading Wright" at Madlener 11/19

“Reading Wright” Lecture by
Lloyd Natof at Madlener House

Thursday, November 19th, 2009
5:30 Reception
6:00 – 7:00 Lecture followed by Q & A

Location: Madlener House – Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place Chicago, IL

A joint program of
The American Society of Interior Designers Illinois Chapter
The Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter
More than Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings, his furniture is problematic for designers - many of the pieces make sense within the context of the buildings they were designed for but individually they can be almost too idiomatic. We know instantly that they are by Wright but it is difficult to see through their very distinctive shapes to the underlying design principles.

Reading Wright organizes and provides commentary on the various compositional effects present in the furniture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

S. Lloyd Natof is a studio furniture artist in Chicago and has been living with and looking at Wright's furniture all of his life. For more information on Mr. Natof’s studio and his own work go to

About Madlener House
A masterpiece of early 20th century residential architecture, Madlener House was built in 1901–02 and is the work of architect Richard E. Schmidt and designer Hugh M. G. Garden. In 1905 Architectural Record, called the house "exceptional" in its interior design. After a century, Madlener House stands out as an unusually successful amalgamation of tradition and innovation in architecture, a harmonious reflection of its time and place. In its compact, cubic massing the house is related to the German neoclassical work of Karl Friedrich Schinkel and his followers in Berlin, but in many of its details it clearly reveals the influence of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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This program is underwritten by Perfection Custom Closets

FREE for Members of SAHCC Members & ASIDIL Members. $10 for Guests
Space is Limited. Reserve Early.SAH Chicago Chapter Members RSVP to
sahchicago@gmail.com or Keith at 708-358-1394



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Thursday, July 23rd, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Gather at St. James, Wabash at Huron

Last spring, the highly anticipated opening of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum revealed a comprehensive and sensitive restoration of a great Chicago house (formerly the Nickerson Mansion, Burling & Whitehouse, 1883) - now inhabited by an outstanding collection of 19th century fine and decorative arts. The Driehaus is setting high standards for new museums.

SAHCC will enjoy an evening of exploration starting at St. James Episcopal Cathedral with an overview of the church’s significance in Chicago history and its design followed by a lecture by authors Susan Benjamin and Stuart Cohen speaking on their seminal 2008 book, “Great Houses of Chicago 1871-1921.” The lecture will be followed by an introduction to the Driehaus Collection by David Bagnall, Director of the Museum. After the presentations we will proceed to the Museum for self-guided tours of this remarkable edifice and its precious contents.

There is a $20 admission charge for this event payable at the door with reservation; sahchicago@gmail.com or phone Keith Bringe at 708-358-1394.

Important Notes: No Food or Beverage will be provided. Books will be available for sale and the authors will be present to sign. Additional info and weblinks available at SAHCC Chapter Blog:

Revenue from this Event Will Provide Free SAHCC Memberships for Students.
In this economy, it may be harder than ever to undertake an education in the liberal arts which is why we are delighted to report that net revenue from the Driehaus / St. James / Great Houses Event will be used to provide free, one-year SAHCC memberships for Architecture and Architectural History students currently enrolled at Chicago colleges and universities. SAHCC believe the students will benefit from access to programs, sites and collections and we hope to benefit from fresh perspectives and discourse. The scholarships will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kalmbach on Bertha Potter Palmer at Charnley House


Crabtree - Four Winds - Glen Rowan June 20TH


$70 Members $80 Non-Members
Bus leaves promptly at 8:30am from Prairie Ave. Bookstore

SAHCC will explore an impeccably restored, model dairy in Lake Bluff that houses a world renowned collection of Arts & Crafts, and Guild furniture, decorative and fine arts then it’s off to Glen Rowan for lunch and finally a tour of the House of the Four Winds.

Crab Tree Farm was designed in 1910 for Grace Durand by noted Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman (1853–1914), who is perhaps best known for Pullman Village.

Grace Durand attending to her "model dairy" at Crab Tree Farm
(chm -daily news collection)

Over the last two decades, in addition to a spectacular restoration of the structures - the current owner has assembled what is among the world’s finest collections of American and British decorative art from the period 1880 – 1910. Holdings include major groups of Stickley furniture (including the majority of signed Harvey Ellis pieces). Other artists and manufacturers include Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Archibald Knox, William Morris, Teco, Mondrian, Liberty…and much more all curated in exquisite room settings.

Glen Rowan - Lake Forest College
The Glen Rowan Estate (Van Doren Shaw, 1910) is an ideal place for lunch.
According to our host Art Miller, “Glen Rowan, as well preserved as almost any Lake Forest Shaw house today, remains a felicitous evocation of the Edwardian/Chicago Renaissance ideals of orderly, art-inspired living.”
The estate is operated by Lake Forest College. We are grateful for their hospitality and partnership.

We will complete our day at the House of the Four Winds (Van Doren Shaw, 1909) where our hosts, SAH Chicago Chapter members Bill and Lyn Redfield will be available to describe the odyssey represented by their painstaking and sensitive restoration. It’s hard to believe that this magnificent estate was once destined for the wrecking ball! Over the last few decades the Redfields have nurtured the structure and gardens back to their former glory.

House of the Four Winds Garden Circa 1930

Additional Information:

Crab Tree Farm

House of the Four Winds (Great Article)


May 4th - Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Film at AIA Chicago

Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Film at AIA Chicago - May 4th

Join SAH Chicago Chapter for a reception in the beautiful AIA Chicago office followed by a short film on the life and career of Gertrude Kerbis.

Gertrude has been a pioneer in working for equal status for women in the field of architecture. A founder of Chicago Women in Architecture and the Chicago Network, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1970.

Gertrude Mary Lempp [Kerbis] was born in 1926 in Chicago. She studied architecture at the U of I, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design with Walter Gropius (1949-50). Kerbis worked briefly for several architects, including Bertrand Goldberg (1949-50). Kerbis also studied with Mies van der Rohe at IIT, where she received her master's degree in 1954.

Kerbis joined the Chicago office of SOM, where she worked until 1959.

In 1967 she established her own architectural firm, Lempp Kerbis. Several of Kerbis's projects have received national recognition including the Dining Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Produced by Karen Carter and made in celebration of Kerbis’ AIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, May 4, 2009, 6:00 pm Reception
AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago
FREE for SAH members, $10 for non-members.
or Judy Freeman 773.929.0329


APRIL 2nd - Goldberg on Goldberg at Maxim's and 1300 Astor

This event is sold out.
An Evening Featuring Bertrand Goldberg Presented by his son, Geoffrey Goldberg With several building designed by Bertrand Goldberg in danger of demolition, we will have the honor of hearing his son Geoffey Goldberg, a talented architect in his own right, discuss his father's works and the innovative designs that are so important to Chicago's rich architectural heritage.

Re-creating the famous Parisian restaurant Maxim's (designed by Maurice Carrere in 1893) was a "labor of love" for Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg. The art nouveau jewel quickly became the place to dine, dance and be seen for Chicago's elite. The restaurant is now owned and managed by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as the Nancy Goldberg International Center.

The lecture will be followed by tours of apartments in the 1300 North Astor Street building (1962 - Bertrand Goldberg Assoc.)

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

5:30 pm, Reception at Maxim's, 24 East Goethe / 1300 North Astor - Corner of Goethe & Astor

6:00 pm, Presentation by Geoffrey Goldberg

7:00 pm. Tours of 1300 North Astor apartments

FREE for SAH Chicago members, $10 for non-members.

Non-Members pay at the door with reservation.

Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 25.

Reservations accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Tour capacity is extremely limited.

Please RSVP to Judy Freeman at 773.929.0329 or sahchicago@gmail.com



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Mr. Harboe’s intelligence as a Restoration Architect benefits dozens of masterpieces; Crown Hall, The Rookery, The Board of Trade, Carson Pirie Scott (Sullivan Center), Unity Temple, The Reliance, 860–880 Lake Shore Drive, The Marquette. The list goes on...at mid career, Gunny will share his insights & new work with members at Madlener House.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

5:30 Reception

6:00 Presentation followed by Q & A with Mr. Harboe

Gather at MADLENER HOUSE, 4 West Burton


Preferably by email to sahchicago@gmail.com

Or to 708-358-1394

Members have priority for this event. Free for Members.