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Beyond the Big Names: Lesser Known Architects in Chicago History


  • 111 East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

Over the past-half century, some figures such as Burnham & Root, William Le Baron Jenney, Adler & Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright, have taken on legendary proportions in Chicago’s architectural history. While the work of these “big names” has been well documented—hundreds, if not thousands—of well-designed historic structures by lesser known architects have gone largely unnoticed. In this Lifelong Learning Series, historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate the lives and work of dozens of such architects who produced buildings in Chicago from the mid-1880s through the late-1960s. Many of these practitioners were immigrants and a few were members of minority groups including women.

Chicago Architecture Center
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 through November 12, 2019
10 am to Noon

Register at architecture.org.

Image: Close-up of entryway to John A. Nyden’s double courtyard building at 534-552 W. Brompton Avenue. Photo by Julia Bachrach.