Chicago Parkitecture | Newberry

Chicago Parkitecture

Led by Julia Bachrach. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Wednesdays, September 27 - October 18

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $170
Regular Price (after September 1): $187

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 if you would like to be put on the wait list.

Seminar Description

This seminar highlights the fascinating history of architecture in Chicago’s parks. From Victorian refectories and conservatories to the world’s first field houses and Art Moderne bathing pavilions, Chicago parks feature many of the city’s most significant buildings and structures. This course explores the contributions of renowned designers including Daniel H. Burnham, William Le Baron Jenney, and Dwight H. Perkins, as well as that of talented but lesser-known architects such as Clarence Hatzfeld and Emanuel Buchsbaum. Reading assignments for the first class will be emailed upon registration. Four sessions.

Julia Bachrach has an MA Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation from University of Wisconsin- Madison. She served as Chicago Park District historian for 28 years and is author of The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks.

Materials List


  • Bachrach, Julia. The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks, second edition. Chicago: Center for American Places at Columbia College, 2012.

First Reading:

  • Please note: This reading assignment has changed from what was originally posted. Those readings will be discussed during the second class.
  • Bachrach, Julia. The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks pp. 8-17
  • McDowell, Mary. “The Field Houses of Chicago and Their Possibilities,” Charities and The Commons XVIII (August 3, 1907): 535-8. [Available in the DropBox folder sent to participants.]
  • Addams, Jane. Recreation as a Public Function in Urban Communities, American Journal of Sociology, 1912. [Available in the DropBox folder sent to participants.]

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.