Upcoming SAH Events

Bruce G. Moffat: The Chicago Freight Tunnels

  • Dates: 02 Sep, 2014
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Address: 4 West Burton Place
  • Phone: 312-573-1365

Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Doors open at 6 p.m.
$10 suggested donation at the door.

NOTE: The location has been changed due to recent flooding of the Charnley-Persky House. This lecture will take place at the Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place.

Moffat is a transportation enthusiast with many years of service at the Chicago Transit Authority and is the author of several books about Chicago’s transportation, including Forty Feet Below: The Story of Chicago's Freight Tunnels (Interurban Pr, 1982), The Chicago Tunnel Story: Exploring the Railroad “Forty Feet Below” (CERA B-135, 2002), and The “L”: The Development of Chicago’s Rapid Transit System, 1888-1932 (CERA B-131, 1995). He is co-author, with Michael Williams and Richard Cahan, of Chicago: City on the Move (Cityfiles Press, 2007)

In his talk, he will discuss the history of the Chicago Freight tunnels, a system he visited several times and a topic he covered for the Network issue of MAS Context.

2014 Fall Talks

After the successful Spring Talks series organized by MAS Context earlier this year, we are thrilled to announce our 2014 Fall Talks, a series of four lectures that will take place in Chicago from September to December.

This second series will discuss the city and its architecture, from physical and economic to cultural and social aspects. Presenters in this series include Bruce G. Moffat, Molly Wright Steenson, Alison Fisher, and David Schalliol. We know you are going to love their work too.

Before and after the talks, there will be time to socialize and engage with the presenters and audience. We want to make sure each of you have the chance to meet new people and catch up with old friends.

The Fall Talks will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, the international headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. The National Historic Landmark, designed by Adler and Sullivan at the time that Frank Lloyd Wright was a draftsman in their office, is internationally recognized as a turning point in modern residential architecture. To learn more about the house and the organization, please visit

Fall Talks Calendar:

Tuesday, September 2
Bruce G. Moffat
Author and Chicago transportation expert
“The Chicago Freight Tunnels”

Tuesday, October 7 
Molly Wright Steenson
Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Journalism & Mass Communication
“Architectures of Information”

Tuesday, November 11 
Alison Fisher
Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator Department of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago
“The City Lost and Found: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s”

Tuesday December 2
David Schalliol
Sociologist, photographer, and digital media specialist
“The Area”

All the talks are open to the public ($10 suggested donation includes lights snacks), but an RSVP is required. Looking forward to seeing you during our Fall Talks!