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by Eric last modified Apr 27, 2011

The 12th annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America is scheduled to take place in Oak Park and River Forest, IL on Saturday, June 25, 2011. The event will focus on the work of Griffin’s mentors and associates among the architects of the Prairie School, including Robert Spencer, William Drummond, Tallmadge & Watson, and George Maher. Details after the jump... The morning meeting and lectures begin at 9am (registration at 8:30) and...




 

 

Picture 2 The 12th annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America is scheduled to take place in Oak Park and River Forest, IL on Saturday, June 25, 2011. The event will focus on the work of Griffin’s mentors and associates among the architects of the Prairie School, including Robert Spencer, William Drummond, Tallmadge & Watson, and George Maher. Details after the jump...

The morning meeting and lectures begin at 9am (registration at 8:30) and will be held at Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., Oak Park, the restored George Maher mansion that is also the headquarters of the Oak Park Historical Society, while the afternoon walking tours will visit houses by the architects listed above. Morning speakers include Julia Bachrach on the Prairie School in Chicago’s Parks, Paul Kruty on Robert Spencer in Oak Park and River Forest, and Dan Spillane on Restoring a Spencer House. There is an optional tour the next day, held in association with the Pleasant Home Foundation.

NOTE: there is limited seating at Pleasant Home, so it is very important to register early.  Only 100 registrations will be accepted. If you are planning on attending, please visit the WBGSoA website for detaisl on how to register.


In addition to the Griffin meeting on Saturday, The Pleasant Home Foundation is sponsoring a field trip on Sunday, June 26, 2011. The tour of Chicago Park District will include the Lincoln Park Conservatory (1890-5, J. L. Silsbee); the formal gardens; the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (1936-8); the restored South Pond, new Boardwalk and Pavilion (Lincoln Park Zoo and Studio Gang); the Carlson Cottage/Comfort Station (1888, J. L. Silsbee); and Café Brauer (1908, Perkins & Hamilton). The tour follows the successful lecture series, “Pleasant Places: Architecture in the Parks,” held in February and March, but is open to all.  Griffin Society members are encouraged to attend what promises to be an exciting event.

The tour will gather Sunday, 26 June, at 10:00 am at the Conservatory and end around 1:00 pm at Café Brauer for lunch on your own.   During the walk, Christopher Payne will discuss the Lincoln Park Conservatory; Paul A. Steinbrecher, AIA, Interactive Design/Eight Architects, will describe the Comfort Station/Carlson Cottage restoration project; Harry Soenksen, AIA, Studio Gang, will interpret the South Pond project; and Lincoln Park Conservancy docents will guide the tour of the Lily Pool.

Walking tour will be held rain or shine (no refunds). Wear comfortable shoes.

Cost is $25 per person.  Space is limited and advance reservations are required by calling Pleasant Home at (708) 383-2654.

Details on how to register for the events here.

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