Recent Opportunities

Symposium: Howard Van Doren Shaw at 150

A symposium celebrating the life and work of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw on the 150th anniversary of his birth
Saturday May 11, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (registration and breakfast at 8:30 am)
Second Presbyterian Church
1936 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
$25.00 per person
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(Pre-registration required)

This symposium brings together five scholars who will speak on various aspects of Shaw’s notable career. Known in his day as the most radical of the conservatives, and the most conservative of the radicals, Shaw’s style combined a variety of influences in new and innovative ways that make his buildings, ranging from country houses to manufacturing plants, distinctive and easily recognizable.

Stuart Cohen, author of Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect, is the keynote speaker.

Additional speakers include:
Art Miller, retired archivist and librarian of special collections, Lake Forest College - Market Square and Shaw’s commercial work
Anne Sullivan, preservation architect - Ragdale
Nate Lielasus, architect - Marktown
William Tyre, Curator, Glessner House - Shaw’s personal life, and work in the South Loop
Susan Baldwin Burian, architectural historian, will lead a panel discussion with the speakers to discuss Shaw’s impact and relevancy today

Guided tours of Shaw’s National Historic Landmark designated sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church will be offered at the conclusion of the symposium.

This symposium is generously funded by The Donnelley Foundation and the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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