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SAH to Expand Charnley-Persky House Tours During Chicago Architecture Biennial

by SAH News | Aug 06, 2015
UPDATE: The cost for tours has been updated: $10 adults and ALL advanced reserved tickets; $8 senior (over 65)/student (with ID) (walk-in ONLY); $5 youth 5-12 (walk-in ONLY). Tours on Wednesdays at noon remain free of charge.

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The Society of Architectural Historians, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will present an expanded tour program of its National Historic Landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, during the Biennial. Guided tours of the house will be offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. between October 7 and December 23. All tours are open to the public. 

CAB_Logo_Primary_OrangeDesigned by the firm Adler & Sullivan (1891–1892), the Charnley-Persky House, located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, is one of the few extant buildings that displays the combined talents of Louis Sullivan and his draftsman at the time, Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is recognized as a seminal work in the development of modern residential design as well as a keystone in the architectural philosophies of Sullivan and Wright.

“We are delighted to partner with the Chicago Architecture Biennial by opening SAH’s landmark headquarters to national and international visitors during the run of the Biennial,” said SAH Executive Director Pauline Saliga. “Through its many publications and programs, SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. We welcome this opportunity to reach new audiences.” 

Charnley-Persky House, 1365 N Astor St., Chicago, 312-573-1365
Reservations required for all tours except Wednesdays at 12 p.m. A registration link will be available on the Charnley-Persky House website ( in early September.

(October 7–December 23)
10 a.m. tour: $10 adult; $8 senior (65+) or student (with ID); $5 youth (5-12)
12 p.m. tour will remain free of charge and is first come, first served

(October 10–December 19)
10 a.m. & 12 p.m. tours: $10 adult; $8 senior (65+) or student (with ID); $5 youth (5-12)

The Chicago Architecture Biennial seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists, and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate, and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society. Titled The State of the Art of Architecture, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will take place October 3, 2015, through January 3, 2016. For more information, visit

Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs. For more information, visit


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