“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