On Thursday, June 16, SAH along with the Glessner House Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presented a program on three American Architects: H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright, focusing on how their work continues to influence practicing architects today. The event was hosted by Pella Crafted Luxury in their showroom at the Chicago Merchandise Mart as part of their ongoing series of architectural presentations. The three organizations are celebrating important anniversaries in 2016 and 2017: SAH’s headquarters, Charnley-Persky House, celebrates the 125th anniversary of its design and construction, the Glessner House Museum celebrates the 130th anniversary of the house’s construction and the 50th anniversary of it being saved from demolition, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust begins celebrations of Wright’s 150th birthday in 2017.
After a sumptuous reception hosted by Pella Crafted Luxury, each architect spoke about how Richardson, Sullivan, and Wright influence their work in concept, massing, and materials to the sold-out crowd of over 150 attendees.
The three architects who gave short presentations included Stuart Cohen, FAIA of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects (SAH member), Aric Lasher, FAIA of HBRA Architects (SAH Life and Board member) and Kelly Bair of Central Standard Office Design and UIC. Alison Fisher (SAH member), the Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, moderated a lively discussion after the presentations.
In particular, Stuart Cohen spoke about the origin of Richardson’s shingle style and its influence on his residential work. Aric Lasher spoke about the influence of Sullivan and Wright’s Charnley-Persky House on his work, and Kelly Bair spoke about both her students’ and her conceptual work as it relates to space use and lighting, demonstrated by Richardson, Sullivan and Wright.