Glessner House Museum, located at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, will host a lecture entitled “The Chicago School of Architecture: Building the Modern City, 1880-1910” on Tuesday November 19, 2013 at 7:00pm.
The birth of the skyscraper in Chicago in the mid-1880s introduced a new direction for city architecture: upwards. But how and why was it that Chicago set the standard for high-rise buildings, not only across the U.S. but all over the world? This lecture by noted architectural historian Rolf Achilles will address those questions and much more. Copies of Achilles’ new book (of the same title as the lecture) will be available for purchase and signing.
Glessner House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and the last surviving work by architect Henry Hobson Richardson in Chicago. Completed in 1887, the museum is recognized nationwide for its groundbreaking architecture as well as its important collection of arts and crafts decorative arts.
Admission is $10 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 312-326-1480. The museum is easily accessible by taking the #3 or #4 bus on Michigan Avenue to 18th Street, and then walking 2 blocks east.