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UPCOMING EVENTS

ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE:  DRAWING THE MOLDINGS AND TUSCAN ORDER

 

Course instructor Marty Brandwein will provide an introduction to the vocabulary of classical architecture through freehand drawing.  The course will begin with an overview of the five canonical orders and the essential moldings that comprise classical architecture.  Participants will learn to lay out the Tuscan column, entablature and pediment as described by the Renaissance architect, Vignola.  The course will culminate in the drawing of a Tuscan temple façade.

 

Materials Needed:  Students should work on large format unlined paper.  An 11” x 14” spiral bound sketchbook that can opened and laid flat is ideal.  Students should bring soft lead drawing pencils, a pencil sharpener, a small compass, an architectural scale, and an eraser.

 

Date:   Saturday, November 11, 2017

 

Time:   9:00am – 4:00pm w/ a break for lunch

 

Location: 

Railway Exchange Building

Burnham Penthouse

224 S. Michigan Avenue, 18th Floor *

Chicago, IL

*All guests need to walk up a flight of stairs to enter the suite.  Elevators only go up to the 17th Floor.

 

 RSVP HERE

2017 ACANTHUS AWARDS

 

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Acanthus Awards.  These awards recognize and promote excellence in Classical and Vernacular Design.  These awards will recognize achievement in Residential Architecture, Institutional or Commercial Architecture, Interior Design, Preservation & Restoration, Landscape Design, the Allied Arts & Craftsmanship, Unbuilt Work and Student Work.

 

Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017

 

Time: 4pm – 7pm

 

Location: Elks National Memorial

2750 N. Lakeview Avenue

Chicago

 

RSVP HERE

ICAA HOLIDAY PARTY

 

Please join the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art as we kick off the holiday season celebrating old friends and new.  Cocktails and light appetizers will be provided.  Space is limited, please RSVP.

 

Date:   Thursday, November 30, 2017

 

Time:   5:30pm – 7:30pm

 

Location: 

Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 100

Chicago, IL

 

A very special thank you to Pella Crafted Luxury for sponsoring this free event.

RSVP HERE

RECENT EVENTS

ICAA PRIVATE TOUR OF THE INDIANA STATEHOUSE

 

Please join the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for our exclusive event at the Indiana Statehouse including a tour of the upper rotunda.

The Indiana Statehouse houses the seats of Government for the State of Indiana. This historical building, completed in 1888, is home to all executive offices, the Indiana State Senate, the Indiana House of Representatives, and the Indiana State Supreme Court, among others. The four-floors of the Statehouse also contain both the House and Senate Chambers.

 

The story of the Indiana Statehouse begins to Indianapolis’s south, in Vincennes, the Indiana territory’s first seat of government. As westward-bound settlers and supplies started to arrive in the territory via the Ohio River, territorial government was moved to Corydon, a short distance away.  Indiana became a state on December 11, 1816; Corydon remained the seat of government. The original Statehouse, a 40-foot-square building, was made of Indiana limestone and still stands. As more roads were built and settlement moved northward, a centrally located seat of government was needed. In January 1821 a site was selected and the city of Indianapolis was founded. While the Statehouse location has remained fixed since 1835, the original building no longer stands. The Statehouse in use today replaced it in 1888. One hundred years later, in 1988, the Statehouse was extensively renovated.

 

Please join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the tour at Nada, 11 W. Maryland Street, Indianapolis from 6pm – 8pm.

 

Space is limited for this private tour.

 

Date:   Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

Tour Hours: 4:00 pm ~ 5:30 pm

 

Location: 

Indiana Statehouse

200 W. Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN  46204

 

 RSVP HERE

ICAA TOUR OF MUNDELEIN SEMINARY

 

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art invited you to join us on a tour of Mundelein Seminary.   The campus of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary is a masterwork of classical design principles located just west of Libertyville, Illinois. Planned and built between 1914 and 1934, it was commissioned by Chicago’s Cardinal George Mundelein to be the “Catholic University of the West” and offers a magnificent combination of grand Beaux Arts planning, Colonial Revival architecture and the inspiration of Renaissance Rome.

 

Designed by Chicago architect Joseph W. McCarthy, who worked for 8 years in the office of Daniel Burnham and whose office designed 41 churches and two cathedrals in the Chicago area, the unified ensemble of buildings and landscape stands as one of Illinois’ finest artistic treasures.

 

Architectural historian and author, Dr. Denis McNamara, who teaches in the University’s Liturgical Institute, will lead an architectural tour of the university emphasizing the use and meaning of the campus’s classical architecture, and be joined by ICAA Acanthus Award recipient Thomas Norman Rajkovich, who designed the newest addition to the campus, Mundelein Hall.

 

Space is limited, RSVP Required

 

Date:   September 9, 2017

 

Time: 10:00 am ~ 1:00 pm

 

Location: 

Mundelein Seminary

1000 E. Maple Avenue

Mundelein, IL 60060

 

Fee:  Members:  $35,  Non-Members:  $45

 

RSVP Here

Thomas Kligerman:  The New Shingled House

 

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the AIA/Chicago Area CRAN are pleased to welcome Thomas Kligerman. Thomas A. Kligerman was raised in Connecticut and New Mexico, and spent years in France and England as a student. These experiences sparked his interest in the rich history of domestic architecture, gardens and landscapes. Before co-founding Ike Kligerman Barkley, Tom worked for Robert A. M. Stern Architects and received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and his Master of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture. He is passionate about the design process, and loves studying and creating architectural models. He serves on the boards of a number of charitable and educational institutions, including his current role as the President of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation.Tom and his family enjoy summer weekends racing sailboats on the coast of Rhode Island.

Tom will talk about the lasting appeal of the shingle style house, the work of his firm, and the cultural influences of architecture from his travels to Cuba, Italy, and beyond. After his lecture at the Pella Crafted Luxury showroom he will sign copies of his book, The New Shingled House. Photo Credits:  William Waldron, Peter Aaron OTTO

 

Cocktails and light appetizers will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP below.

 

Date:   September 7, 2017

 

Time: 5:30 pm ~ 7:30 pm

 

Location: Pella Crafted Luxury Show

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 100

Chicago, IL  60654

 

Fee:  No Charge – RSVP Required

 

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New Buildings in Old Cities:  Reconsidering Context in Historic Settings

 

Presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – Chicago-Midwest Chapter
“New Buildings in Old Cities: Reconsidering Context in Historic Settings.”
There is an ongoing debate within the preservation and design communities about the most appropriate way to make additions to historic structures or new infill construction in historic districts. Official regulations like the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation ask that new work be both “differentiated” and “compatible,” but responses to these criteria have varied from close imitation of pre-existing buildings to designs featuring forms and materials in marked contrast to the older ones. What are the most appropriate approaches that maintain the historic character of a place without unduly limiting the judgment of contemporary designers? This lecture will suggest some answers based on current international guidance for historic preservation and urban conservation.

 

About the Speaker

 

Steven W. Semes is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He was Academic Director of the Notre Dame Rome Studies Program 2008-2011 and currently splits his teaching duties between Rome and the main campus. Educated at the University of Virginia and Columbia University, he is the author of The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (2009) and The Architecture of the Classical Interior (2004). His many articles have appeared in The New Criterion, National Trust Forum Journal, Change Over Time, The Classicist, Traditional Building and Period Homes. He has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and featured in the New York Times. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Italian architectural history journal, Palladio, and the University of Pennsylvania historic preservation journal, Change Over Time. From 2013 to 2015 he was Editor of The Classicist Numbers 11 and 12 for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and was a member of the ICAA faculty from 1997 to 2005. His current research focuses on developing appropriate standards for new construction in historic areas and the traditional architects of the inter-war period in Rome. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2005, he practiced architecture for over thirty years in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC

 

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

 

Time: Reception at 5:30, Presentation at 6:30

 

Location:  The Driehaus Museum

40 E. Erie

Chicago, IL  60611

 

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AN EVENING WITH PIERRE-YVES ROCHON

 

Please join the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the ICAA for our social event of the summer, held at the newly renovated studio of award-winning luxury hospitality interior design firm, Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR).  PYR is a part of global design firm Perkins+Will, located in Chicago’s historic Wrigley Building.  Private terrace will be open, weather permitting.  Cocktails & light appetizers will be served.

 

Established in 1979, PYR’s design philosophy centers on creating a refined yet comfortable guest experience that celebrates elegance and warmth, while providing a timeless backdrop for an ever-changing modern culture.  PYR has been entrusted with highly valuable historic and new properties around the world as a direct result of the creative integrity, authenticity and craftsmanship the firm brings to every project. PYR won the 2016 Acanthus Award for Interior Designs for their Michelin-starred restaurant project, Le George, at the historic Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, France.

 

RSVP required.

 

ID required at check-in.  Enter North Tower of The Wrigley Building from Michigan Avenue.

 

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Tour Hours: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

 

Location: Pierre-Yves Rochon

The Wrigley Building

410 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600

Chicago, IL  60611

 

RSVP HERE

Chicago-Midwest Chapter Garden Tour

 

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art invites you to join us for our first Garden Tour in the historic town of Lake Forest.  Still inspired by its roots, Lake Forest harkens back to the romantic era with a charming town square, grand major homes and gentleman’s farms.

 

Spend the afternoon visiting 4 private gardens:  3 historic and new properties along the historic Lake Road and 1 at a remnant of a 1917 gentleman’s farm.  The tour will conclude with a cocktail party in the gardens of Craig Bergmann Landscape Design’s studios

 

Come early and visit Market Square and have Sunday Brunch at the Historic Deer Path Inn.

 

Space is limited, RSVP Required.

 

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tour Hours: 1pm – 4pm

Cocktails: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

 

Location: Craig Bergmann Landscape Design,

900 N. Waukegan Road,  Lake Forest

Email with Tour Itinerary will be sent to all ticket holders

 

Fee: Members:  $35   Non-Members:  $45

 

RSVP HERE

Simes Studios Open House

 

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art invite you to join us for an intimate presentation of the work of Jorge & Cindy Simes including their work in Eglomise.

 

Verre Eglomise is a French term that refers to the process of applying a design, gilding and painting on the back side of glass, producing a visual depth with a reflective effect. Its name was adopted after Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711-1786), a decorator and art dealer, who was responsible for its revival. Although the technique goes back to Pre-Roman antiquity it as has developed through the centuries including various other procedures and expanding its alluring visual appeal.

 

Since their first eglomise collection in 2005, Simes Studios has continuously been intent on addressing contemporary and historical approaches to design, and their relationship to the mesmerizing beauty of reflective glass surfaces. Our constant research and development of eglomise allow us to further expand on the original technical boundaries creating an updated visual language.

 

Jorge and Cindy will give a thirty minute talk on their wide range of eglomise techniques, its various application and many of the installation photographs and prototypes will be on display.

 

The studio is known for their singular style and attention to detail, incorporating historical references, cross-cultural influences and striking visual effects into their custom work. Their many specialty techniques include eglomise, murals, custom glazed and textured finishes, trompe loeil, venetian stucco, stenciling, gilding, custom mirroring and etching, faux bois and marble, painted furniture and floors.

 

The Chicago ICAA will also be introducing our new Chapter President, Scott Fortman.

 

Cocktails and light appetizers will be provided.  Space is limited, please RSVP.

 

Date: April 19, 2017

6:00pm ~ 8:00pm

Location: Simes Studios

1809 W. Webster, Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60614

Fee: No Charge for ICAA Members

$10 for Non-Members

RSVP: http://simes.brownpapertickets.com/

The Timeless Language of Classicism with John Simpson

 

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA are pleased to welcome John Simpson, Britain’s premier classical architect, for his lecture on The Timeless Language of Classicism.  Simpson will be singing copies of his new book after his lecture.  Simpson is the architect of the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, London and of the first public building at the Prince of Wales development in the English town of Poundbury.  He has received awards from the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), the AIA (for Urban Design), is the winner of a Palladio Award and was the 2008 recipient of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art’s (ICAA) Arthur Ross Award.  John Simpson’s lecture is titled “The Timeless Language of Classicism”.  Cocktails and light appetizers will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP.

 

Date:   

March 3, 2017

5:30 pm ~ 7:30 pm

 

Location:

Pella Crafted Luxury Show

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 100

Chicago, IL  60654

 

Fee:  

No Charge – RSVP Required

 

RSVP:

http://info.pella.com/speakersimpson

Holiday Celebration

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art invites you to join us for our annual holiday celebration.

Date:  December 1st, 2016 from 5:30PM until 7:30PM

Location: Waterworks Showroom

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 136

Chicago, IL 60654

2016 Acanthus Awards

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the 2016 Acanthus Awards. These awards recognize and promote excellence in Classical and Vernacular design. These awards will recognize achievement in Architecture, Interior Design, Preservation & Restoration, Landscape Design, the Allied Arts & Craftsmanship, Unbuilt Work and Student Work.

Date:November 12th, 2016
4:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm

Location: The Elks National Memorial
2750 N. Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

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