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  • A Preview of the Future

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Nov, 2014

    MON, NOV 17, 6PM 
    TALK

    Under the overarching title, The Future is Not What it Used to Be, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial explores the potential of the design manifesto to envision and interrogate the future, now. In our contemporary context of rapid social and political change, how might design manifestos address larger issues while remaining grounded in everyday life? Could the manifesto move beyond its Western origins and incorporate ideas from across cultures? Are new forms of media generating new forms of manifestos? Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, and curator of the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, will discuss its making, which is on view through December 14, 2014.

    Zoë Ryan is a curator and writer. She is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago where she is building the museum’s first collection of contemporary design and expanding its architecture collection. Her recent exhibitions includeBuilding: Inside Studio Gang Architects (2012); Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund (2012); Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention (2011); and Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design (2010). Prior to working at the museum, Ryan was Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute in New York. Ryan has authored and edited numerous publications, including,Building with Water: Designs, Concepts, Visions (Birkhauser Press, 2010). Ryan is often called upon as a juror and critic and has lectured on her work internationally. She has served on the advisory committee of the Experimenta Design Biennial in Lisbon, and has been a juror for the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Wheelwright Fellowship, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Ryan is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a lecturer in the Art History Department of the School of the Art Institute.

    This talk is presented in partnership with the Architecture & Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Opening of the John J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History

    Chicago | Dates: 01 Dec, 2014

    Monday December 1, 2014
    Reception at 6:30pm, program at 7:00pm
    $10 per person/$8 for museum members
    Reservations suggested to 312-326-1480

    Jack Simmerling (1935-2013) had a passion for Prairie Avenue that began as a young boy when his grandfather first brought him there to visit a friend living in the coach house of the old Marshall Field mansion.  As a teenager, Simmerling started amassing a collection of architectural fragments from the grand homes of Prairie Avenue as he sadly watched them fall to the wreckers ball.  A talented and nationally-recognized artist, he preserved these homes in numerous artworks that captured the glory days of the "sunny street that held the sifted few."  Simmerling's huge collection of Prairie Avenue artifacts and artworks were gifted to Glessner House to create a permanent gallery showcasing the history of Prairie Avenue.  Join us on what would have been Jack's 79th birthday as we officially open the Simmerling Gallery and marvel in the rich legacy he left for all of us to enjoy.

  • Lecture: Exploring the Lives of the Glessners' Servants

    Chicago | Dates: 09 Dec, 2014
    Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person/$8 for museum members
    Reservations suggested to 312-326-1480

    The Glessners left a rich archive of materials documenting their lives and the creation of the landmark home designed by architect H. H. Richardson.  They also left behind a wealth of material about the servants who lived and worked at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue over a period of nearly 50 years.  Join Executive Director and Curator William Tyre as he presents this lecture on the lives of the Glessners' servants, exploring who they were, how they lived, and what a typical day in their lives would have looked like.  A special treat will be a brief presentation by the granddaughter of one of the Glessner family maids, who will share photos and stories of her grandmother's years with the family in the 1910s. 
  • Fred G. Meyer, the Claussen Brothers, and the Architecture of “One-Stop Shopping”

    Portland | Dates: 22 Nov, 2014

    Perhaps no other entrepreneur had such an impact on 20th century Portland as Fred G. Meyer. In the 1920s, Meyer began building his “One-Stop Shopping” stores around the Portland area. This program takes a close look at the life and work of Meyer as well as the work of the architectural firm of Claussen & Claussen, with whom Meyer frequently worked.

    Please join us as Bosco-Milligan Foundation President Fred Leeson, presents the story of Fred Meyer, putting his life and work in context with the stores he built. Portland architects Fred and William Claussen play an important role in the story, as they designed some of Meyer’s first stores, along with several other notable Portland buildings including the Roosevelt Hotel and Laurelhurst School.

    In addition to his volunteer work with the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, Leeson is also the author of the recent biography of Fred G. Meyer, My-Te-Fine Merchant: Fred Meyer’s Retail Revolution. He will have copies of his book on hand to purchase.

  • Portland's Architectural One-Hit Wonders

    Portland | Dates: 15 Nov, 2014

    Singular works of individual architects and firms from around the country light up our skyline, parade down our avenues and help define our architectural heritage. From Pioneer Courthouse to the new Apple Store, out-of-town architects have come and gone, never to return. Yet, what do we know of the professional lives and works of Cass GilbertCharles Luckman, or Alfred Mullett, to name just a few?

    Join us as we go behind the facades and meet up with, among others, the 1930s "Boy Wonder" of industry who later, as an architect, became the target of preservationists; the 19th century church designer who created (unbeknownst to him!) a future Hard Rock Cafe; and the "preposterous little humbug" with a penchant for Second Empire French designs. Expect some surprises and maybe a scandal or two along the way!

    Ellen Shapley, in a former life, was a corporate research director and, in her spare time, a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Today, she is a member of the AHC's Education Committee and its dedicated docent team.

  • Albany Christmas Parlour Tour

    Albany | Dates: 14 Dec, 2014

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned holiday celebration in Historic Albany, Oregon. 

    This year’s tour features five historic homes. 

    These are private residences, which have been lovingly restored and beautifully decorated for the holidays.

    Also open to tour:

    ·   Whitespires Church (1891) Ring the bell!

    ·   United Presbyterian Church (1913) Music playing through out the tour

    ·   Albany Regional Museum (1887) Light refreshment will be served at this location.

    ·   Carnegie Library (1914) Sit a spell and warm yourself by the fireplace.

    ·   Historic Carousel and Museum (1946) See the carvers at work building this amazing carousel.

    ·   Monteith House Museum (1849). As the bell on the front door announces your arrival, you will be transported back to Christmas 1863.

    The Monteith House will be decorated in 19th Century style with hand made ornaments and natural greens.

    This will be great opportunity to look back at Holiday traditions, from a time when Christmas gifts were small tokens of love,

    when families were gathered together to string popcorn and sing carols. Living history presenters will be popping corn in the fireplace,

    playing carols on the 1860 pump organ and invite you to join them in this festive time.

    Over the last few years many tour goers have told us that the Monteith House is their favorite stop on the tour because the house,

    lit by candles and oil lamps, is decorated so simply and the fire light softens the edges of the rooms giving the place a glow that is unmatched by electric lights.

     

    Entertainment includes:

    ·   Father Christmas will be out and about with his bag of treats.

    ·   Take a moment to enjoy the fire lit in the Carnegie Library. It is the only time all year this fireplace is used and it creates a soft warm glow that transcends time.

    ·   Piano and Viola Christmas music will be played at the United Presbyterian Church

    ·   Out of Compliance Guitar & vocal duo will perform traditional holiday songs roaming between the tour locations.

     

    Trolley and Horse Drawn Wagon

    Chafin Farms horse-drawn wagon will take you through the Historic Downtown District and Albany’s vintage trolley will be making rounds as well.

    Ticket Sales

    Purchase your tickets at the Albany Visitors Association 110 3rd Ave SE in Historic Downtown Albany. Tickets are also available at the Albany Regional Museum. Ticket sales begin at 1pm and continue until 6pm. The tour hours are 2pm to 7pm. Music, refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides, and vintage trolley rides are all included in the $15 ticket price ($12 for seniors and groups of 10 or more). Monteith Historical Society Members ticket price $10. Well-behaved children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Monteith Historical Society and its programs.

    Take Your Time

    This tour is self-guided. You can tour the homes in any order you like. Spend as much or as little time at each location as suites you. Transportation is by your own vehicle, by horse drawn wagon and vintage trolley. Several of the buildings are within easy walking distance of each other, a few are outside the district requiring your own vehicle for transportation. Visitors usually take 3 to 4 hours sometimes more.

  • A Hard Hat Tour of RiverWorks

    Buffalo | Dates: 15 Nov, 2014
    Meet the developer of Buffalo RiverWorks, a multi- use development springing up on the Buffalo River. Learn more about the vision of developer Doug Swift and his partner Earl Ketry, owner of Pearl Street Grill, in this limited time only Hard Hat Tour of the entire facility. With what could be the country's first purpose built roller derby track, a restaurant, malting and brewing facilities and the new home to the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament, it is an ambitious adaptive reuse project utilizing what remains of the historic GLF grain elevator site. Called "The Ruins", Swift has incorporated what is left of the Wheeler grain elevator that fell into the Buffalo River in 2011 during a controversial demolition. The development  also includes a pro-shop and two rinks for curling, hockey and open skating events. 

    The tour will meet at 359 Ganson Street (off of Michigan). The tour begins at 10 and will wind down with a lunch at 11:45 at Pearl Street. Tickets are $40 including lunch or $25 for the tour only. The first PBN Hard Hat Tour will be November 1st with another following on November 15th, 29th and December 13th. Each tour is limited to 30 people. 

    Please dress appropriately - This is an active construction site, and anyone wearing inappropriate clothing such as open-toed shoes will be denied entrance to the tour.
  • Docomomo US invites submissions for the 2015 Modernism in America Awards.

    Dates: 12 Nov, 2014 – 20 Feb, 2015
    The Modernism in America Awards is the first national program of its kind to celebrate the projects and the people working to sensitively preserve and rehabilitate significant mid-century modern buildings for continued productive use and to raise public awareness of the ongoing threats to modern architecture and design.

    Docomomo US is accepting 2015 Award submissions in the following categories: Design, Inventory/Survey and Advocacy. The 2015 Design awards will be given out in the areas of Residential, Commercial and Institutional or Civic architecture.

    Early nominations are due by January 9, 2015, and all nominations must be submitted by February 20, 2015. The jury will be announced as confirmed. Winners will be announced in April 2015 and will be recognized at an awards ceremony held on Friday June 5, 2015 during the Docomomo US National Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Victoria Young Reading, Reception, and Book Signing

    Minneapolis | Dates: 16 Nov, 2014

    Sunday, November 16, 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church Lutheran

    MNSAH is pleased to co-sponsor a reading and reception to celebrate the publication of Victoria Young's new book, Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of Sacred Space.

    Christ Church Lutheran
    3244 - 34th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
  • Wine & Wildlife: 10 Years of Amazing Ape Care - Architecture for Apes

    Chicago | Dates: 13 Nov, 2014

    Ten years after its debut the zoo’s Regenstein Center for African Apes remains a state-of-the-art home for western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees. Drawing on decades of exhibit design innovation reaching back to its predecessor—the Lester E. Fisher Great Ape House—the facility continues to shine in meeting the needs of apes, researchers and visitors. Join Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy and Fisher Center Director Steve Ross, Ph.D., to learn how design facilitates natural climbing and perching, daily health check-ups, tool-use studies and more.

    6–8 p.m.
    $17 ($14 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)
    18 and older
    Regenstein Center for African Apes
    Cash bar on site, light hors d’oeuvres served

    Register for Wine & Wildlife: 10 Years of Amazing Ape Care

    For more information, please email educationprograms@lpzoo.org or call 312-742-2056.

  • Mellon Fellowship at The New York Botanical Garden

    Bronx, NY 10458 | Dates: 15 Nov, 2014 – 15 Jan, 2015
    The Humanities Institute, a division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer two Mellon Fellowships for the year 2015 for graduate students (PhD candidates) and post-doctoral researchers. Fellows are invited to submit an application; their research should involve innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental humanities, areas such as landscape and garden design, environmental history and policy, urban design and cultural anthropology, as well as botanical illustration and book-arts
  • Architecture Session - Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting

    St. Paul | Dates: 11 Nov – 15 Dec, 2014
    Papers now being accepted for the Architecture session at the March 2015 MAHS meeting. Please note that the due date for abstracts has been changed to 12/15/2015.
  • Architectural Histories, 2015 Issue on Travel

    Dates: 10 Nov – 01 Dec, 2014
    Architectural Histories is the Open Access Journal of the European Architectural History Network. This special issue will be edited by Davide Deriu, Edoardo Piccoli, and Belgin Turan Ozkaya.
  • CFP: Object Emotions, Revisited

    New Haven | Dates: 08 – 15 Nov, 2014
    Object Emotions, Revisited: An Interdisciplinary Conference (February 20-21, 2015, Yale University)
  • 5th International Congress on Construction History

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 07 Jul, 2015
    Hosted by the Construction Society of America, non-profit organization dedicated to the study of the history and evolution of all aspects of the built environment. This is the first time the Congress has been held outside Europe, with over 400 delegates expected to attend from all over the world comprised of Architects, engineers, contractors, preservationists, academics and a wide variety of trades, professions and interests associated with the Construction Industry.
  • Reading Architecture Symposium

    Athens | Dates: 16 – 18 Jun, 2015
    The symposium wishes to explore how the literary production of modernity can enlighten architects and urban planners in understanding and valorizing qualitative characteristics of the contemporary life they are called to design for. These situations of life could include a focused look into people’s everyday private and public lives, small or big scale events in human-built environments, socio-cultural and political phenomena in urban contexts. We understand these situations as place-bound (place specific) architectural experiences that allow for a qualitative, emotional and embodied apprehension of the world.
  • Looking Forward: Re-Imagining the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia | Dates: 05 Dec, 2014 – 14 Feb, 2015
    This exhibition will present the results of a challenge to architects to imagine Philadelphia's Washington Square without the Athenaeum's 1847 building. 139 participants from the around the globe created 88 new designs for the Athenaeum of the future. Presentation of Awards on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 5:30PM. Free awards ceremony, but reservations required. The exhibition itself is free.
  • Philadelphia Architecture: Present and Future

    Philadelphia | Dates: 06 – 06 Dec, 2014
    This is an all-day symposium featuring the following speakers: Pulitzer Prize winner Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Daniela Holt Voith & Cameron J. Mactavish of Voith & Mactavish; Scott Kelly of Re-Vision; James Camp of the Gensler's Philadelphia office; and Peter Gluck of Gluck+ in New York City. The topics include architecture and urbanism, sustainable architecture within historic preservation, green building, and LEED building. Free for students/$60 for the general public.
  • University of Virginia Master of Architectural History 50 years

    charlottesville, | Dates: 06 – 06 Dec, 2014
    50 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AT U.VA. ~ AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

    The full schedule of events for the day can be found below, and include talks and roundtable discussions on how architectural history and historic preservation has changed over the years, perspectives on the school, and also tours of recent preservation/restoration at the University. We hope to have some past faculty in attendance. The day-long conference, which includes a light lunch, is free and open to the public but you MUST register in advance to attend. Please email Mary Jo Bateman, mb2tr@virginia.edu, to let her know if you are registering and will be sending in your form and payment.

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the MA in Architectural History in 1964, the 56th anniversary of the BA degree in ARH in 1958 and the 25th of the PhD in ARH in 1989, the Department of Architectural History will host a conference and reception on Saturday December 6, 2014. The full schedule of events for the day can be found below, and include talks and roundtable discussions on how architectural history and historic preservation has changed over the years, perspectives on the school, and also tours of recent preservation/restoration at the University. We hope to have some past faculty in attendance.
    The day-long conference, which includes a light lunch, is free and open to the public but you MUST register in advance to attend.  Please email Mary Jo Bateman, mb2tr@virginia.edu, to let her know if you are registering and will be sending in your form and payment.
    There will be a reception on the Lawn that evening, at a cost of $50.00 per guest to attend.  There is also an exclusive guided hard hat tour of the Rotunda renovation project offered with a cost per person of $50.00, of which proceeds will be donated to the Rotunda Restoration Fund, and guided tour of The Lawn.

    50 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AT U.VA. AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    Schedule of Events ~ Campbell Hall, School of Architecture
    8:30 a.m.                    Continental Breakfast and Conversation
    9:00-10:00 a.m.         Introduction and Lightning talks by current MAH students
    10:00-10:30 a.m.       Break
    10:30-11:30 a.m.       “Memories and Changes—the Architectural History Department 
    1958-Today.”   Panel presentations and Q&A
    11:30a.m. -1:00 p.m.   BREAK- LUNCH
    1:00-2:00 p.m.            “How Architectural History Has Changed” 
    Panel presentations and Q&A
    2:00-2:15 p.m.             Break
    2:15-3:15 p.m.            “How Historic Preservation Has Changed.”      
    Panel presentations and Q&A      
    3:30-4:30 p.m.            Hardhat tour of Rotunda restoration...Very Limited Number of spaces 
                                        MUST RESERVE IN ADVANCE
    6:00-10:00 p.m.          Reception with Heavy Hors d’Oeurves and Bar, Pavilion VII and IX 


                                        MUST RESERVE IN ADVANCE...Space is Limited
  • Saint John's Abbey Church: Breuer, the Benedictines and Minnesota's Religious Architecture

    Minneapolis | Dates: 16 – 16 Nov, 2014
    Book reading and lecture for Victoria Young's new book Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space