Traditional Building Conference

Chicago 2010: Architectural Tours


Wednesday, October 20, 2010:

W02: Chicago Architectural Highlights by Bus: Including Robie House

Pre-registration required.

PRESENTER: Chicago Architectural Foundation

Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this wide-ranging odyssey, which traces the city’s development from its founding through the present. This bus tour covers 30 miles of Chicago design, with sites in the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, the Lakefront, two university campuses, and several parks and residential neighborhoods. Stops include the Rookery in downtown Chicago, Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus, and the Robie House in Hyde Park. (Interior tour provided by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.)



W03: Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus: His Life & Architecture in Oak Park

Pre-registration required.

PRESENTER: Chicago Architectural Foundation

Let CAF be your guide to Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Oak Park. Discover the neighborhood where Wright lived and where the famed Prairie Style of architecture evolved. The tour includes bus transportation to and from Oak Park with commentary by a CAF docent, a one hour interior tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio; a one hour guided walking tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, and a tour with commentary of his “little jewel box,” Unity Temple.

The interior tour of the Home & Studio is conducted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. The walking portion of the tour is approximately ¾ mile in length.

NOTE: The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation started a major restoration and preservation project inside Unity Temple in October 2009. Scaffolding has been installed throughout the building’s interior, so some spaces will have limited access. Join us for this unique opportunity to see the preservation process underway and learn about the complexities of preserving historic structures.  



W04: Walking Tour and Workshop:
First United Methodist Church Restoration

SPEAKERS:  Susan D. Turner, AIA, PMP, LEED AP, Discipline Leader, Historic Preservation, Bailey Edward Architecture, Chicago, IL and Robin Whitehurst, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Bailey Edward Architecture, Chicago, IL

  • Discuss consideration in planning an historic renovation.
  • Assess components: lighting, acoustics, finishes, future flexibility.
  • Consider the pros and cons of different bidding methods.

This presentation will highlight the planning and phase I and II restoration of the main floor sanctuary on the main floor of the 27 story 1927 Chicago Temple Building. Upgrades for lighting, sound and accessibility to the chancel were included. Additionally, in order to accommodate changing worship style, the layout using two side aisles was modified to accommodate a center aisle. Planning required breaking down the project into manageable pieces so subsequent work wouldn’t “undo” previous work, historic preservation strategies such as reversibility and sympathetic additions will be discussed.



Thursday, October 21, 2010:

FULL W06: Introduction to Historic Building Assessments:
The Charnley Persky House


Pre-registration required
(Bus departs Navy Pier promptly at 9:30 am)

SPEAKER: James J. Malanaphy, AIA, St. Paul, MN.

  • Establish the importance of preparing an historic structure report as a planning tool.
  • Apply current methodologies to collect, document and integrate building information during the planning, design and construction phases of a project.
  • Assemble a qualified interdisciplinary team led by an historical architect to assure proper understanding of the historical significance and material condition of an historic building.

Learn about the process of conducting an historic building assessment using the Charnley Persky House, a landmark of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early career. Designed by Wright who was an Adler & Sullivan employee, it features an interplay of planes which Wright continued to explore in his designs. This hands-on investigation of the Charnley Persky House will analyze its site, structure, systems, finishes, and historical significance to make recommendations for its future use, treatment, and interpretation.



Saturday, October 23, 2010:

W12: From Adaptive Use to Green Roofs: Chicago on Tour


Pre-registration required

  • Describe the adaptive use of significant Chicago-area projects and apply principles learned.
  • Make the case for adaptive use and an important component of sustainability.
  • Apply green building strategies and design to historic and new buildings.

Join US members of the London-based International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, as they tour three showcase projects of sustainable adaptive use. Co-hosting the tour will be Doug Farr, internationally noted sustainability architect, chair of the LEED-ND development committee, and author of the acclaimed book Sustainable Urbanism. We will tour the Chicago Center for Green Technology, an adaptive use of a 1952 building on contaminated industrial lands; an impressive bungalow neighborhood near Lincoln Square and (pending confirmation) the Chicago City Hall, which has one of the nation's showcase green roofs. We will see advanced techniques in retrofit and adaptive re-use, solar and geothermal energy, and natural habitats to filter storm water, among others.





























































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