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The Architecture Of Howard Van Doren Shaw In Lake Forest

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Explore the world of Howard Van Doren Shaw on Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin's bus trip to Lake Forest, Illinois where we will visit four architecturally significant buildings - including Shaw's family home - to learn more about the man and his architecture. More after the jump... Shaw was a prolific Chicago architect whose life and career intersected an impressive list of notable 20th century architects and designers. He began his career with William Le Baron...




 

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 7.29.42 AMExplore the world of Howard Van Doren Shaw on Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin's bus trip to Lake Forest, Illinois where we will visit four architecturally significant buildings - including Shaw's family home - to learn more about the man and his architecture. More after the jump...


 
Shaw was a prolific Chicago architect whose life and career intersected an impressive list of notable 20th century architects and designers. He began his career with William Le Baron Jenney, known for designing the first skyscraper; lunched with Frank Lloyd Wright as part of The Eighteen; collaborated with landscape architect Jens Jensen and was a mentor to David Adler.
 
We begin with a guided tour of Ragdale, the British Arts and Crafts influenced home Shaw designed and built for his family in 1898, in the rural Lake Forest community that had become a favorite summer retreat for Chicago's social and economic elite. Shaw's artistic family included painters, poets, writers and sculptors and the house and surrounding landscape embodies their artistic nature and lifestyle.
 
Today Ragdale is home to the nation's 4th largest artist-in-residency community and has recently undergone a $3.2 million renovation to return the house to its 1926 splendor. This is a rare opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of this 5-acre estate that includes two historic homes, artist studios, gardens and acres of virgin prairie.
 
Next we motor to the beautiful campus of Lake Forest College (1876) - which boasts a range of architectural styles amidst spacious park-like landscaping. Our first stop will be Glen Rowan House (1909) designed by Shaw and named for the impressive oaks surrounding the property. Lunch will be served in the Library, with a personal tour by historian Arthur H. Miller to follow. Our next visit will be to Shaw's Calvin Durand Hall (1908) - a Renaissance Great Hall built as a men's dining hall complete with minstrel's gallery, extensive paneling and Jacobean terrace.
 
After a short walk, your guided tour continues over to Market Square (1916) - Howard Van Doren Shaw's design for the country's first planned shopping center. Market Square was the first City Beautiful Movement town center planned around motor vehicles. Enjoy a strolling guided tour of this historic homage to shopping!
 
Transportation for this exclusive architectural excursion will be via deluxe motor coach. Departure from the Dutch Mill Park and Ride in Madison is at 7:30 am with additional pick up locations at Goerke's Corners Park and Ride and in the Racine area. This is an all-day event. Exact departure and return times provided after registration. Light refreshments will be provided on the bus.
 
The all-inclusive price is:
 
$110 for FLLW-WI members
$140 for non-members  
$125 for members of the American Arts Society of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
This special price includes a one year membership in FLLWWI at half the regular price!  
 
Attendance is limited to 45. Past tours have sold out quickly so do not delay! Call 608-287-0339 or email our Office Manager, Sherri Shokler at info@wrightinwisconsin.org to reserve your space today!

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