Landmarks Illinois Free Lectures. Landmarks Illinois sponsors a series of free lectures Preservation Snapshots throughout the year.
A screening of Nathan Eddy’s new short film “Starship Chicago”
When: Friday, January 5, 2018 – 5:30p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 77 E. Randolph Street, 2nd Floor Register here.
About the film
A screening of Nathan Eddy’s new short film “Starship Chicago” is the catalyst for a conversation that brings in diverse perspectives – from admiration to doubt — about the historical value and fate of the State of Illinois Center/James R. Thompson Center designed by Chicago architect Helmut Jahn.
About the State of Illinois Center/James R. Thompson Center
Since it was completed in 1985 the building has been both admired as eye- catching and a source of controversy. Celebrated by some as a postmodern icon that celebrates Illinois citizenship, others revile the structure as a wasteful and garish albatross. Today the building has fallen into a state of disrepair due to deferred maintenance. With the state’s financial issues it faces an uncertain fate.
About the panel discussion
The discussion brings together viewpoints from the arts, architecture, design criticism, government, history, preservation and the development community. The conversation will address the value and global interest of Jahn’s artistic statement, consider the controversies over its use and function, and in light of its potential demolition and loss, explore how “making new history” by re-purposing a site brings both opportunities and challenges.
Pam Althoff, Illinois State Senator, 32nd District
Elizabeth Blasius, Architectural historian
Nathan Eddy, “Starship Chicago” director
Jack Guthman, Developer’s attorney, Board Chair of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Jonathan Solomon, Architect and Director of the SAIC, Interiors and Designed Objects Program
Moderator: Lee Bey, Vice President of Planning, Education and Museum Experience at the DuSable Museum of African American History
Presented in partnership with Landmarks Illinois
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.