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William Le Baron Jenney film at the Alliance Francaise

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Free admission.


Join CCSAH and the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for a French-language film on late 19th century architect William Le Baron Jenney, produced by the Alumni Association of his Paris university.

Trained in Paris as an engineer, William Le Baron Jenney (1832 - 1907) was known as the father of the steel skyscraper. He designed Chicago West Parks and Boulevards in the 1870's and is best known for having designed the Home Insurance Building in 1884 - 1885.

Watch the documentary "in his own voice", preceded by a talk with Robert Bruegmann, architectural historian recently retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Please note: Mr. Bruehmann's introduction will be in English. The documentary is in French, but a French/English transcript will be available in hard copy. You can also download the English trasncript now, or on your smart phone during the program. 

A reception will follow in the Salon.