Explore 'Shockingly Modern' architecture

Join us for Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture, a three-part series of free lectures presented in collaboration with Pleasant Home Foundation. Explore topics from Art Deco to Postwar Suburban Housing, Thursdays at Main Library. This year's speakers are:

Keith Bringe with Art Deco/Moderne architecture

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 pm

As Survey Director of the Chicago Art Deco Society, Keith Bringe has been cataloging early modern architecture since 2008. Join him to see rare and newly discovered archival images of buildings built between 1915 and 1940, with a focus on his survey work. The former Executive Director of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Bringe is also a board member of the Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter.

Susan Benjamin with "Modern Residential Architecture: The High Style Beauties"

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 pm

Join Architectural Historian Susan Benjamin to learn about the history of the Modern House in Chicago, illustrated by the work of its stellar Modernist architects. Focusing on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, Benjamin reveals the unparalleled role Chicago played in this development. With her firm, Benjamin has written local and National Register landmark nominations for thousands of properties, helping owners rehabilitating their historic properties.

Anthony Rubano with "Through the Picture Window: Postwar Suburban Housing"

Thursday, March 6, 7 pm

Discover the aspirations of the burgeoning, post-war middle class by examining the houses in which it chose to live. Anthony Rubano, Project Designer at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, will explore post-war tract homes as the building expression of the mid-20th century American ideal at a time when Suburbia and home ownership represented the American Dream.

 

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