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Chicago’s Architectural Past: NOW

Lake Forest College and the Chicago History Museum partner on a series of faculty talks about how Chicago’s past architectural stories are being shared through the media of today’s technologies. In September and October, faculty Chicago Fellows, sponsored by Lake Forest College’s Digital Chicago grant, share how 360°photography reveals Chicago’s sacred spaces, how family home design has changed since WWII, and what an urban archaeological dig can tell us about Chicago’s Gold Coast. All talks are part of the Public Program’s for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

All events take place at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
6:00 p.m.: Reception with cash bar
6:30 p.m.: Lecture followed by Q+A

“Creating 360° Immersive Tours of Sacred Spaces”

Ben Zeller, Associate Professor of Religion

Tuesday, September 26, 6 p.m.

Zeller will speak about the virtual tours he has created about some of Chicago’s most historically important sacred spaces. These immersive digital experiences explore the history, architecture, spiritual background, and liturgical uses of the houses of worship. 


“Chicagoland Prize Homes” 

Siobhan Moroney, Associate Professor of Politics

Tuesday, October 3, 6 p.m.

In 1945, the Chicago Tribune held a design competition for modest family homes. Most of the nearly 1,000 submissions are lost, but a few designs were published, and a small number were built. Siobhan Moroney, associate professor of politics, will discuss what these designs revealed about Americans’ expectations for their postwar homes, while the changes in the built homes indicate how housing preferences have evolved since then.


“Excavating the Charnley-Persky House: Archaeology of Chicago’s Gold Coast, 1880–1920”

Rebecca Graff, Assistant Professor of Anthrpololgy
Pauline Saliga, Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians

Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m.

Archaeological finds from the Charnley-Persky House, a Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright structure, reveal the intricacies of life in Gilded Age Chicago. Rebecca Graff, assistant professor of anthropology at Lake Forest College, and Pauline Saliga, executive director of the Society of Architectural Historians, will address what the excavation at the house, located just a few blocks from the Chicago History Museum, tells us about this forgotten past.



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