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Designing the Classical Interior Seminar with James S Collins

The Chicago Chapter of the ICAA presents Designing the Classical Interior, a course with James S. Collins, Architect. This seminar will provide 9 AIA/CES LUs and 0.6 CEUs for ASID, IDC and IIDA Members.

The morning session of the course will introduce the philosophy and elements of classical architecture and their interiors. The session will focus on the application of the design principles that are common to the great buildings and interiors of the past.

Topics will include:

  • - Learning the appropriate use and configuration of columns, cornices, wainscoting, windows and doors.
  • - Time tested methods of creating baseboards, wainscoting, chair rails, door and window casings.
  • - The elements, proportional systems, and composition of interior spaces.
  • - Measured drawings of traditional buildings and interiors.

***Lunch will be provided along with presentation by seminar sponsors Hyde Park Moulding***

Participants will receive rare handouts that have been used by craftsman for centuries to aid in creating timeless interiors.

During the Afternoon, the class will tour the interiors of Howard Van Doren Shaw's Second Presbyterian Church, H.H. Richardson's Glessner House, and the oldest house in Chicago, the Greek Revival Henry B. Clarke House; the tour will focus on the application of design principles in real context learned in the morning session.

The Sunday morning class will design and draw a classical interior, applying the information presented during the previous day's presentation. The class will be assisted by the instructor in generating a floor plan and elevations using class discussion, handouts and measured drawings.


Session One: Saturday April 12th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Session Two: Sunday, April 13th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


The Glessner House Museum 
1800 S. Prairie Ave 
Chicago Il 60616


$200.00 for ICAA Members 
$250.00 for non-ICAA Members

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