Landmarks Illinois Free Lectures. Landmarks Illinois sponsors a series of free lectures Preservation Snapshots throughout the year. All events take place at the Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Congress Lounge, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor unless otherwise indicated.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial presents “Learning to Love: Chicago Preservation Stories”
When: Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 6:00 PM CST
Where: School of the Art Institute Ballroom, 112 South Michigan Avenue
Free, Reservations Required
Lost, forgotten and saved. Chicago’s buildings encounter various fates in their lifetime and their stories are constantly evolving. This panel discussion revisits key moments of success and failure in the history of preservation activism, advocacy and architectural solutions to adaptive reuse.
Hear from several prominent speakers who will share their experience and insight into some of the diverse kinds of efforts — legal, political, design, cultural — required to change perceptions, find new uses, and rally communities around saving their architectural treasures.
- Lee Bey – Writer, photographer, and architecture critic
- Lisa DiChiera – Director of Advocacy, Landmarks Illinois
- Eleanor Gorski – Bureau Chief, Planning, Historic Preservation and Sustainability at Chicago Department of Planning and Development
- John Vinci, FAIA – Principal, Vinci Hamp Architects
The first in a four-part series on preservation in Chicago, this panel dialogue is presented by the Chicago Architecture Biennial and School of the Art Institute of Chicago with support from the Samuel M. and Ann S. Mencoff Foundation.The free public programs that comprise the series build upon the theme of the 2017 Biennial (“Make New History”) and connect it to the 2019 Biennial and its focus on the role public memory can play in addressing global urban challenges.
About the School of the Art Institute Ballroom (per Chicago Architecture Center)
The former Illinois Athletic Club Building opened in 1908. In 1985, a $25-million renovation added six stories. The School of the Art Institute took over the building in 1993. The stunning ballroom, restored by the school’s Historic Preservation Department to its 1930s appearance, originally served as a club dining room and has won numerous awards for architectural excellence. It boasts 26-foot ceilings, marbled columns and an original terrazzo dance floor. The ballroom’s grand piano allegedly came from the former Playboy mansion.
Preservation Snapshots Lecture: Bringing the Underground Railroad Home
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:00-4:30PM
Where: Quinn Chapel AME Church, 2401 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago
Join Historic Preservation Consultant and writer Jean Follett for a discussion on Illinois’ role in the Underground Railroad. Learn just a few of the vital ways Illinois residents worked to help slaves to freedom in the two decades before the Emancipation Proclamation. A tour of the church sanctuary will follow the lecture.
The lecture will also include a public premiere of LI’s soon-to-be released short video, “People Saving Places: The Underground Railroad in Illinois.” The video, directed by University of Chicago student Catalina Parra, includes three Illinois Underground Railroad sites: Quinn Chapel in Chicago, Sheldon Peck Homestead in Lombard and the Owen Lovejoy Homestead in Princeton. The video was made possible thanks to generous support from the following funders: Illinois Humanities, the Richard and Julia Moe Family Fund, a fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Patricia Joseph.
About Quinn Chapel AME CHurch
- 1844: Quinn Chapel began as a seven member prayer band
- July 22, 1847: Quinn Chapel became an official part of the AME church
- 1871: Original church was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire
- 1891:Church was moved to present location at 2401 South Wabash
- September 4, 1979: Church added to the National Register of Historic Places
- September 2007: Quinn Chapel donated an original pew to the Smithsonian institute national museum of African American history and culture
About Landmarks Illinois
Landmarks Illinois is the state’s leading voice for historic preservation. The 1971 demolition of Adler and Sullivan’s Chicago Stock Exchange Building gave rise to the formation of Landmarks Illinois. Today, it is statewide organization with 2500 members.
Since its founding, Landmarks Illinois has saved countless architectural and historic treasures throughout the state. The organization has established a variety of programs to facilitate, promote, and educate people about historic preservation.
Landmarks Illinois’ founding mission was to stop the demolition of significant buildings in downtown Chicago. Its mission today now encompasses architecturally and historically significant sites, structures, and districts in all the cities, towns, and rural areas of Illinois.
The Marquette Building, the Chicago Theater, the Reliance Building, and St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago, Bloomington Courthouse Square, Oakbrook’s Mayslake, and the Zimmerman farm archaeological site are among the places that Landmarks Illinois has helped save for future generations.