Recent Opportunities

2019 Symposium: Preservation of Industrial Archaeology and its Construction History

  • Dates: 17 – 17 May, 2019
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Address: 112 S Michigan Ave
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Join the Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter (APT WGLC) and Construction History Society of America (CHSA) for their 2019 Symposium

May 17, 2019 / Chicago
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom 
112 S. Michigan Avenue

This program will offer a single track, intermingling the two disciplines of preservation technology and construction history while exploring topics that include local and regional structures, industries and companies.  A session on Materials offers presentations on the history of the oldest limestone company in Indiana, comparison of building materials in two Petrographic case studies, unusual construction methods and preservation of 150-year-old Eckley miners village houses, and how postwar reconstruction impacted rival aluminum plants Alcoa and Reynolds Metals.

Technology presentations examine the development of rivet manufacture and driving, changing standards and adaptive reuse of “slow burn” construction in heavy timber buildings, re-development of Imperial Sugar’s historical char house, and case studies exploring deterioration of industrial masonry chimneys.

Two Chicago sessions include the rehabilitation of Edgewater Beach Apartments and its waterfront terrace, the unique structural riveted design of the Northwestern elevated railway, interpretation and evaluation of the Pullman National Monument’s Administration building, how the 1893 World’s Fair was constructed in a short time period, redevelopment of Cook County Hospital and the construction history of industrial crane manufacturer Whiting Foundry in Harvey, Illinois.

OPTIONAL TOUR:  Saturday, May 19th from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Join APT WGLC and CHSA as we take a guided walk of the Pullman National Monument and learn about the history of Pullman, its architecture and the landmark community of today.  Pullman’s experiment in community planning and industrial order was declared “the World’s most perfect town” but circumstances could not prevent growing labor unrest fueled on by one of the worst economic recessions in our Nation’s history, resulting in the Pullman Strike of 1894.  Experience the vibrant history and stories of the Pullman Historic District revealed.

Cost:  $55 (includes air conditioned coach bus and admission).  Tour is rain or shine!

Thomas Leslie
Iowa State University
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