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Landmarks Illinois Hosts A “Living Modern” Series

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by Eric last modified Mar 24, 2016

Landmarks Illinois will host three lectures on Mid-Century Modern Residential Design and co-host an open house of a 1955-designed home in Glencoe soon to go on the market (one owner, never seen before). More info after the jump... From a recent press release: Landmarks Illinois included “Mid-Century Modern Houses” on its 2015 Most Endangered Historic Places list due to the staggering number of mid-century modern houses for sale and vulnerable as tear-downs, especially in the...




 

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 7.27.00 AMLandmarks Illinois will host three lectures on Mid-Century Modern Residential Design and co-host an open house of a 1955-designed home in Glencoe soon to go on the market (one owner, never seen before). More info after the jump...

From a recent press release:

Landmarks Illinois included “Mid-Century Modern Houses” on its 2015 Most Endangered Historic Places list due to the staggering number of mid-century modern houses for sale and vulnerable as tear-downs, especially in the Chicagoland area, which underlines the challenge of marketing these unique homes built from the 1940s-1970s. Communities continue to lose architecturally significant homes from this period to demolition. Often, these homes contain unique, but misunderstood design features that lead many realtors to view the properties as less desirable and list them for their land value.

The increasing loss of mid-century modern houses will continue unless they are identified and protected by local landmark commissions. Landmarks Illinois, through this lecture series and open house, hopes to give the public a greater understanding of the beneficial design qualities of these homes and information on available incentives for their rehabilitation and protection.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 24: Architecture of I.W. Colburn
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission: Free
Place: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka

Author Jay Pridmore’s new book, I. W. Colburn: Emotion in Modern Architecture, chronicles the career of one of Chicago’s most influential mid-century modernists. Colburn’s houses, institutional buildings, and religious structures feature a highly refined blend of structural expression and deeply embedded elements of traditional architecture. Colburn was an independent architect whose sculptural buildings were controversial in his time, but whose mastery of proportion, materials, and space have gained wide recognition 50 years later. Books will be available for sale and signing. Co-hosted by the Winnetka Landmark Commission.
Speaker: Jay Pridmore is the author of more than 20 books, many of them about Chicago architecture. His Chicago Architecture and Design (Abrams, 2005) remains a bestseller in its class. Pridmore’s Building Ideas (University of Chicago Press, 2013) examines the rich and unparalleled architectural history of the University of Chicago.

Sunday, April 17: Living Modern in Glencoe - Open House preview
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission: Free
Place: Address will be made available with RSVP

Preview tour of a 1955-one time owner, custom-built home soon to go on the market. Designed by the architectural firm of Whalley and Gould and interiors by Marion Heuer, a noted interior decorator of the time, this quad-level home is completely intact. Co-hosted by Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond and DOCOMOMO Chicago.

Thursday, April 21: Mid-Century Modern in Chatham
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission: Free
Place: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library,
430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago

An exploration of Chatham’s architecturally significant mid-century modern homes and the stories they tell of Chicago’s twentieth-century African American middle class. At mid-century, Chatham was home to at least three black-owned financial institutions including Independence Bank, a branch of Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan, and Seaway Bank and Trust. These banks provided traditional mortgages with fair terms to African Americans who had been previously denied access to home loans. These banks helped built Chatham. Speaker: Krisann Rehbein is a design advocate, writer and educator. She is founder of Building City Lab, a consulting practice focused on design education and writing, in Milwaukee. Rehbein is also a regular contributor to New City, an arts and culture bi-weekly published in Chicago.

Thursday, May 19: Bruce Goff’s Ford House: Living in Joyful Order
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission: Free
Place: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library,
430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago

An in-depth look at the history and importance of Bruce Goff's iconic 1949 Ruth and Sam Ford House in Aurora. Working on the theory that the circle is “an informal, gathering-around, friendly form,” Goff designed the home with a center circle 50 feet in diameter and two circular bedroom wings. It is constructed of anthracite coal, steel, glass, cedar, and hemp, and has remained relatively unchanged since its construction. The house is the focus of a new journal published by Friends of Kebyar featuring essays by speakers John H. Waters and Sidney K. Robinson as well as never-before-published drawings, photos, and more. Speakers: John H. Waters, Preservation Programs Manager for Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, is an architect whose work focuses on the research and documentation of historic buildings and sites. Sidney K. Robinson is an architectural historian and owner of the Ford House.

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Landmarks Illinois has been working to protect historic places throughout Illinois for over 40 years. The not-for-profit works with citizens and communities to preserve historic places and promote awareness about them through education and advocacy. Landmarks Illinois preserves historic places that enhance communities, empower citizens, and catalyze local economic development throughout Illinois. The complete schedule for this series can be seen at www.Landmarks.org.

Image via Landmarks Illinois website


 

 

 
 
 

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