SAH Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter

by SAH News | Oct 23, 2014

October 2014 Volume LVIII, No. 10 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
Charnley-Persky House
  SAH Receives Grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for Charnley-Persky House Restoration
SAH has received a $5,000 grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation to support efforts to address flood damage to the Charnley-Persky House, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1891–1892, today the house serves as the headquarters of SAH. The building is both a National Historic Landmark and a Chicago Landmark. The house flooded during torrential rains in August.

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Gala honorees    Get Your Tickets for the 2014 SAH Awards Gala
SAH will hold its fifth annual Awards Gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 6-9 p.m., at The Fortnightly of Chicago, 120 East Bellevue Place. The theme of this year’s gala is “A Foundation for Preservation,” honoring individuals who initiated early historic preservation work in Chicago and continue to support the conservation of the built environment. Tickets are $175/person ($50 tax deductible). The gala benefits the restoration of Charnley-Persky House. 

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View the gala's Live and Silent Auction items!
  Architect Elizabeth Diller to Speak at Chicago Humanities Festival’s 25th Anniversary Fall Festival
SAH, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF), and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University are partnering together to present “Elizabeth Diller: Beyond the Blueprints,” on Sunday, November 9, at Northwestern University’s Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue. The program is part of CHF’s 25th Anniversary Fall Festival, which explores the theme of Journeys.

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Chicago à la Carte
  Lecture by Alison Fisher 
SAH is partnering with MAS Studio, a Chicago-based organization that addresses issues that affect the urban context, to present a lecture by Alison Fisher, an assistant curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago. In her talk, titled “The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal,” Fisher will discuss the architectural and planning implications of the return to the historical street and neighborhood as critical models during the 1960s and 1970s, as explored in the Art Institute exhibition The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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general cemetery   Guatemalan Western Highlands and Lake Atitlán
SAH Blog post by Brooks Fellow Amber N. Wiley
When I laid my head down in my Quetzaltenango hostel I had to laugh. I was lying down in a location I did not know existed just a month prior. This city was not on my itinerary, not even on my radar. I ended up in Quetzaltenango, called “Xela,” by residents, thanks to Lonely Planet and some tourist shuttle agency fliers. 

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view of Rab   Croatia at the Crossroads of Time and Space Report 
By Study Tour Fellow Ana Mitrovici
Officially the start of the trip, participants arrived according to their own schedules, enjoying a few hours of leisure time before our welcome dinner at the Hotel Europe in the heart of the old town. Our arrival and stay in Sarajevo coincided with the Sarajevo film festival, giving the city a lively immediacy. I took the opportunity to explore the winding streets filled with shops in the Stari Grad, or old quarter, and familiarize myself with my new surroundings.

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Read about how the study tour contributed to Ana's reserarch.
SAH Website Now Features Responsive Design
The SAH website is now fully responsive, making it easier to read and view on a variety of screen sizes and devices. Responsive web design (RWD) provides an optimal viewing experience by automatically adapting a website's layout to the device it is viewed on. The RWD upgrade makes it easy for you to access the SAH website's full content at your fingertips, whether you are using a desktop, tablet or smartphone.
SAH Field Seminar: Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin
Mark you calendar for "Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism," September 1-12, 2015.The SAH Field Seminar covers architecture and the cultural landscape of Uruguay and Argentina and will be led by Natalia Muñoa of Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina. Beginning in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city, SAH  members will have ample opportunity to experience one of South America’s most dynamic and livable cities, rich in cultural life and a center of commerce. Learn more about the seminar.
Advertise Your Job Opening in the SAH Career Center 
If your school, department or organization has a job opening, consider advertising in the SAH Career Center to attract the best candidates locally and internationally. SAH offers competitive rates for 30-day and 60-day job postings. 
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announces Strategic Vision
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved a strategic plan that will guide its philanthropic work in the coming years. The plan was developed over the past year and a half by the Foundation’s officers, program officers, and staff, in extensive consultation with the Trustees.
Places Journal Launches New Website
Places Journal, dedicated to public scholarship on architecture, landscape and urbanism, has launched a new website at The redesigned, fully responsive site will include a new Graham Foundation-funded series focusing on cities undergoing extreme transition, a showcase of featured columnists (that includes several SAH members), an improved version of Places Wire, a new Places Books series, Reading Lists and more.
The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities
The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Humanities Institute presents its second symposium, The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities, on Friday, November 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the NYGB Ross Lecture Hall. This symposium will explore the concept of novel ecosystems that are the result of urban development, and will ask if these much-maligned accidents of unbridled growth could ultimately mitigate the impacts of environmental change and re-introduce the wonder of nature in cities. The symposium will invite vibrant discussion and feature experts in design, restoration ecology, the humanities, and plant ecology.

ORCID Connects Research and Researchers
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems. Read more and register.
100,000 Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute Now Available in the DPLA
The Getty Research Institute recently announced a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched in April 2013, the DPLA brings together millions of digitized books, artworks, and rare documents from American libraries, archives and museums. The collaboration has begun with nearly 100,000 records for digital images and texts from the Getty Research Institute’s Library and Special Collections, which contain a vast trove of rare and unique materials for the study of visual culture.
The Avery Review: Critical Essays on Architecture
The Avery Review is a new online journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings and other architectural media. Its aim is to explore the broader implications of a given object of discourse (whether text, film, exhibition, building, project, or urban environment) with reviews that test and expand the reviewer’s own intellectual commitments—theoretical, architectural, and political—through the work of others. The Avery Review will publish new content monthly during the academic year. Learn more at

ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative
Beginning August 4, 2014, the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State to document, monitor and report on cultural heritage damage in Syria. In addition to raising the global awareness of such destruction, the project also aims to facilitate short-term mitigation projects, as well as develop large-scale preservation plans for the future. But just how does ASOR intend to accomplish these rather daunting objectives? In order to understand the scope of the project better, here are six things you should know about the Syrian Heritage Initiative. Learn more at
Chapter and Partner News
The Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship helps a graduate student or emerging professional in architectural history, landscape history, urban studies or historic preservation in the Washington area attend the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians. For more information, see the Latrobe Chapter website. Questions and applications (deadline December 8, 2014) may be sent to fellowship chair Patricia Waddy, at

Congratulations to the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of SAH, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary at its annual conference in October.

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Chapter of SAH, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. 

On November 12-15, 2014, the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) will present the 2014 Design Matters Conference: Crafting the Story, an annual meeting of not-for-profit professionals, volunteers and content area experts interested in the creation and management of cultural programs that spur broader public interest in architecture and design. This year’s theme, “Crafting the Story,” takes a close look at how architectural organizations can construct more effective program narratives, from stories fit for national broadcast to memorable first person appeals to enriching curator-driven museum formats.The conference will take place at the National Building Museum, in Washington, DC.

The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is accepting proposals for sessions and roundtables for its Fourth International Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, June 2-4, 2016. The deadline to submit is January 5, 2015. View the full Call for Sessions.

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) invites paper proposals for its 35th Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 3-7, 2015. The deadline to submit is November 1, 2014. View the full Call for Papers.
Current SAH Opportunities 
HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship: This fellowship permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer. Deadline December 31, 2014.

Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia: This fellowship supports the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States series and/or SAH Archipedia. Deadline January 2, 2015.

2016 SAH Annual International Conference Call for Sessions: SAH is accepting session proposals for the its 69th Annual International Conference in Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA, April 6-10, 2016. Deadline January 16, 2015.
Members in the News
Abigail Van Slyck Appointed Dean of Faculty, Connecticut College
SAH October Booklist
Read the October Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. Booklists and exhibition catalog lists are selected by Barbara Opar, architecture librarian, Syracuse University Library.

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