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"Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age"

Lecture and Book signing with Margot Ellis

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
50 East Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois

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Thursday June 9, 2016
5:30 Reception
6:30 Lecture
Book Signing to Follow

AMERICANS IN PARIS tells the story of the influential group of American architecture students who attended the world-renowned school and went on to design and build many of our nation’s most recognized and prestigious buildings and monuments. American alumni of the École des Beaux-Arts, famous for being the greatest art and architecture school in the world at the time, include Richard Morris Hunt, Guy Lowell, John Russell Pope, Julia Morgan, and many others. This exhaustively researched and lavishly produced book is the first English language account of the architectural program at the École des Beaux-Arts written by a French graduate of the school. It contains exclusive details about the design and construction of Pennsylvania Station (1904-1910), Boston Public Library (1888-1895), Biltmore Estate (1895), New York Public Library (1897-1911), Kykuit (1914), and many more structures built during the height of America’s Gilded Age.

Margot M. Ellis was educated at Manhattanville College where she received a bachelor’s degree in French Studies and Harvard University where she received a master’s degree in Anthropology. Hired as a research assistant by Mr. Carlhian, Miss Ellis spent 15 years completing the Americans in Paris manuscript and brought it to publication after the death of Mr. Carlhian in 2012. She is an author and editor based in Tucson, Arizona.

While working as part of the legendary Boston firm Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, the late Jean Paul Carlhian is most noted for enlivening the National Mall in Washington, DC. Carlhian also designed the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery of Asian Art, both part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. In addition, he designed campus buildings for Northeastern University in Boston, Middlebury College in Vermont, and Harvard University, where he formerly taught at the Graduate School of Design. He graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in 1945, receiving the best thesis prize and, as a Wheelwright fellow at Harvard, received a master’s degree in City Planning in 1947.

Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age, by Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot M. Ellis. © 2014 Rizzoli, New York, NY.

James Strickland of Historical Concepts LLC

Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom
222 West Merchandise Mart, Suite 100
Chicago, Illinois

Free Lecture
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September 22, 2016
Reception at 5:30 pm.
Lecture begins at 6:00 pm

Strickland will speak about the residential work of his firm. Strickland and his partners combine classical and southern vernacular residential architecture in inventive ways to produce traditional houses informed by their unique sensibility.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Chicago ICAA and Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom (

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