The Chicago "Bauhaus District": Home of Many Masters
October 10, 2009 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Meet in front of the south (35th Street) entrance to the “35-Bronzeville-IIT” station of the CTA Green Line
This 2-3 hour walking tour, led by Grahm Balkany, Director and Chief Researcher of the Gropius in Chicago Coalition, and LaLuce Mitchell, Senior Architectural Tour Guide at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will showcase a section of Chicago’s Near South Side that has a deeply ingrained Modernist heritage. The tour will begin with a thorough tour of Mies van der Rohe’s Illinois Institute of Technology Campus. Several of Mies’s buildings have been restored in the past few years, including a recent restoration of the “God Box” by DoCoMoMo Board Member Gunny Harboe of Harboe Architects, PC. The tour will then proceed to Walter Gropius's Michael Reese Hospital campus. The campus is extremely endangered and is scheduled to be demolished beginning this autumn. This campus has recently been fenced off from public access, but many of the structures remain visible. The tour will conclude with views of works by Wright and Sullivan, and by passing through the grounds of Lake Meadows.
FREE (donations to Gropius in Chicago Coalition gladly accepted)
Campana Building, call for directions 630-377-6424
At the 1937 Campana Building, the evening will start with a presentation by Anthony Rubano from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency entitled, “Highlights of Mid-Century Modern in the Midwest,” followed by a question and answer session. Visitors will additionally have the rare opportunity to view an exhibit of Wolfgang Hoffmann’s 1930s furniture, as well as a medley of Chromesteel tables and chairs from the Howell Company. Vintage designer clothing will also be on display. The evening will be crowned with champagne and an exquisite buffet.
$45 per person. Weekend package (includes party and tour): $50 per person, $90 per couple.
Mid-Century Modern in the Fox Valley
October 10, 2009 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
1937 Campana Building, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Wayne, Illinois. Guides will give tours of the exterior and interior features of each site: 1954 Stone Ranch House in Batavia, 1950 Glass House – the “Geneva House” designed by Jacques Brownson, 1968 Bruno Conterato House in Geneva designed by a partner of Mies Van der Rohe, 1957 Contemporary Home designed by Frazier & Raftery, 2 Ranch Houses from 1950’s in old Delnor Hospital neighborhood bordering the Pottawatomie Golf Course, c. 1960 Contemporary Home with pool in rural Wayne.
$20 per person. Weekend package (includes party and tour): $50 per person, $90 per couple.