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Books That Built Chicago

Chicago's Architectural History in Print
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

6 to 7 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Open to the Public

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Join Chicago architecture aficionados Kim Coventry, John Ronan, and Pauline Saliga, and David Van Zanten to discuss the significant architecture and urban design projects profiled in Chicago by the Book:101 Publications that Shaped the City and Its Image.


The speakers were contributors to Chicago by the Book, a recent publication from the Caxton Club:


Kim Coventry, Founder and President of The Coventry Group, will moderate the discussion. She served as cochair of the Caxton Club’s publications committee and wrote the entries “The Lakeside Classics, 1903–,” and “Four American Books Campaign: Dana, Melville, Poe, and Thoreau, 1930.”


John Ronan, architect and John and Jeanne Rowe Endowed Chair of Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. He wrote the entry “860—880 Lake Shore Drive, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Architect, ca. 1951.”


Pauline Saliga, Executive Director of the Society of Architectural Historians. She wrote the entry “Harold M. Mayer and Richard C. Wade, Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis, 1969.”


David Van Zanten, historian, author, and Mary Jane Crowe Professor Emeritus in Art and Art History at Northwestern University. He wrote the entries “A System of Architectural Ornament, 1924” and “Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe, 1910-11.”


This program is cosponsored with the Caxton Club, Chicago Collections Consortium, and the Newberry’s Program in Chicago Studies.


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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now. Find tickets here beginning November 1.


Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. We will admit walk-ins without tickets if space permits, 10 minutes before the event begins.


People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.