SAH to Present Tour of Astor Street on July 31

by SAH News | Jun 22, 2022

The Society of Architectural Historians will present a tour of Astor Street on Sunday, July 31, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Explore Chicago's Astor Street with the Society of Architectural Historians. Immerse yourself in the history and residential architecture of Chicago's magnificent Gold Coast as you are introduced to the story of one of Chicago's most famous happenings—the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.

On a walking tour of this beautiful and affluent neighborhood, fourth-generation Chicagoan Sally Sexton Kalmbach will treat you to tales about the famous residents who had such an impact on the Exposition held in Chicago’s Jackson Park. Hear stories of the architects who designed Exposition buildings as well as Gold Coast homes—Richard Morris Hunt, S.S. Beman, Charles McKim, Henry Ives Cobb, and Louis Sullivan. Visit sites where influential committee members resided and entertained during this important historical period.

You’ll go inside the Charnley-Persky House (1891–1892), designed by Louis Sullivan while Frank Lloyd Wright was working as his chief draftsman, and learn why this National Historic Landmark is so unique. The walking tour of Astor Street will be followed by a short reception at the Charnley-Persky House.

This event is being held in celebration of the 130th anniversary of the Charnley-Persky House and the 50th anniversary of its designation as a Chicago Landmark. Tickets are $40. All proceeds benefit ongoing restoration of the house.


Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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