Jay Pridmore on architect I.W. ColburnWhen: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, talk at 5:30 p.m.
Where: AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr, 2nd floor
What: Jay Pridmore’s book I. W. Coburn: Emotion in Modern Architecture chronicles the career of one of Chicago’s unique mid-century modernists. Mr. Pridmore’s illustrated talk about his book and its subject will trace I. W. (Ike) Colburn’s influences, training, and his richly textured career as an architect of high-end residences, academic buildings, churches and historic restorations. Colburn (1925-1992) was a confirmed modernist, having studied at Yale with Louis Kahn, having worked for Paul Schweikher, and ultimately establishing a national practice. His forms, in the fashion of his time, were stripped down and abstract. What infused them with enduring character were undercurrents drawn from historic sources–arches, atriums, Palladian symmetry and even the New England saltbox. Through discussion and photos of iconic projects such as the McLennan House in Lake Forest, Cummings Life Center at the University of Chicago (shown in the photo above), and the DuPont house in Wilmington, Delaware, Pridmore’s talk will present Colburn, a designer of consummate skill, and also shed bright light on the social side of his architectural practice: how a supremely confident architect worked productively with clients to create a truly distinctive architecture.
Please join us for this interesting talk by Mr. Pridmore.
Cost: $5.00 for CCSAH members, $10.00 for guests.
RSVP: Please contact Judy Freeman by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at telephone: 773-929-0329.