Society of Architectural Historians to Honor Architects and Historic Preservationists at SAH Celebrates on November 3

Sep 7, 2023 by SAH News
The Society of Architectural Historians will host its annual fundraising and awards event, SAH Celebrates, on the evening of Friday, November 3, 2023, at one of Chicago’s most historic cultural institutions, The Newberry.
The event celebrates the achievements of individuals and groups who shape the built environment and passionately advocate on behalf of historic places. This year SAH is honoring six notable individuals at the event, which will feature an awards presentation and cocktail reception.
  • Ann M. Beha, FAIA RAIC, Founder, Ann Beha Architects (Annum Architects)
  • Susan Benjamin, Owner, Benjamin Historic Certifications
  • Fred Eychaner, Philanthropist and President, Alphawood Foundation
  • Elaine Harrington, Retired, SAIC and House Museum Curator
  • Kevin Harrington, Professor Emeritus, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
“SAH Celebrates is our opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals whose achievements have influenced architecture and the built environment globally. The event brings together leaders in architecture, design, preservation, real estate, and civic communities to celebrate the achievements of our honorees,” said Ben Thomas, executive director of SAH and the Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation.
At the center of SAH Celebrates is the Charnley-Persky House (1891–1892), a National Historic Landmark and a Chicago Landmark designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from Frank Lloyd Wright, that serves as SAH headquarters. SAH Celebrates highlights the importance of fostering a supportive community whose efforts ensure the stewardship of architectural gems like the Charnley-Persky House.
Proceeds from SAH Celebrates benefit the ongoing maintenance and care of the Charnley-Persky House and SAH's educational programs and publications, including SAH Archipedia and Buildings of the United States.
Event Details & Registration
SAH Celebrates will take place at The Newberry, 60 W Walton St. in Chicago, starting at 6:00 p.m. The awards ceremony that begins at 6:15 p.m. in Ruggles Hall will be followed by a cocktail reception at 7:00 pm, that features food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres designed by Lula Café. Guests will also enjoy access to The Newberry’s Trienens Galleries to view the exhibition, Seeing Race Before Race, which explores the roots of race from the Middle Ages to 1800. In conjunction with the event, SAH will host an online auction that features architectural objects and experiences. Co-chairing the event are T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA (Harboe Architects) and Michelangelo Sabatino, PhD (Illinois Institute of Technology). Tickets for SAH Celebrates are now available for $210 per person.

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