Join us at the Charnley-Persky House on Thursday May 3 at 6:00pm for this lecture about Henry Ives Cobb and booksigning with Ted Wolner, professor of architectural history at Ball State University.
Thursday May 3, 6:00 pm The Charnley-Persky House (1365 N. Astor Street)
The homes and commercial buildings that made Chicago famous automatically bring to mind brilliant architects like Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. But few people remember Henry Ives Cobb (1859-1931), the man responsible for an extraordinarily rich chapter in the city's turn-of-the-century building boom. Fewer still realize Cobb's lasting importance as the designer of most of the city's principal civic and cultural institutions and as a major contributor to Chicago's unique architectural heritage.
Ted Wolner will speak about his latest book, Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago, that tells the story of how Cobb established himself in Chicago and analyzes what made many of his buildings outstanding works of design. As the architect for the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Athletic Association, the Fisheries Building for the 1893 World's Fair, and the Chicago Federal Building, Cobb filled a huge institutional void with his inventive Romanesque and Gothic work.
Ted Wolner is a professor of architectural history and the Western humanities in the Department of Architecture and the Honors College at Ball State University