SAIC Historic Preservation

SAIC Historic Preservation News and announcements from SAIC's Historic Preservation Department.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Historic Preservation offers both a Master of Science and Certificate program in Historic Preservation for students who want to conserve, restore, and promote our built environment.

Events | American Institute of Architects

Alumna Virginia Green will be presenting at the AIA Offices, 35 E. Wacker #250 next Tuesday April 18 on her thesis topic: "CHICAGO AIR RIGHTS: HISTORIC USE OF SPACE OVER RAIL". Join us! #.WO6XBXTyvxt

Virginia A. Greene, AIA, architect and author, has recently completed her MS in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will present her planning history graduate thesis -

Events | American Institute of Architects

Docomomo Tour Day at McCormick Place's Lakeside Center
Saturday, October 22, 1:45 to 3:00 pm
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive

Tour the magnificent Lakeside Center at McCormick Place with architectural historian Kevin Harrington, Professor Emeritus at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition to the tour leader, architects who were on the original design team for the building will also be available to answer questions. Tour starts promptly at 2:00 pm. Reservations are not required. Free.

Saturday / October 22, 2016 / 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Docomomo Tour Day at McCormick Place's Lakeside Center Lakeside Center/McCormick Place, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Join Docomomo Chicago for a tour of the magnificent Lakeside Center at McCormick Place led by architectural historian Kevin Har...

Historic Preservation at 50Saturday, October 8 | 9:00am–3:30pmGlessner House Museum (1800 S Prairie Ave) & Second Presby...
Events | American Institute of Architects

Historic Preservation at 50
Saturday, October 8 | 9:00am–3:30pm
Glessner House Museum (1800 S Prairie Ave) & Second Presbyterian Church (1936 S Michigan Ave)

Topics and speakers:
-- Glessner House: A Case Study - William Tyre, Glessner House Museum
-- A Half Century of Preservation Legislation - Vincent Michael, PhD
-- Justice, Community, and the Future of Historic Preservation - Jamie Kalven, Experimental Station and Invisible Institute
Panel: The Future of the Historic Preservation Movement - Nootan Bharani, AIA, Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, Eleanor Gorski, AIA, moderated by Bonnie McDonald, president, Landmarks Illinois

Register today! #.V-WcMnvmluo

Saturday / October 08, 2016 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement Glessner House Museum (1800 South Prairie Avenue) and Second Presbyterian Church (1936 South Michigan Avenue) Join Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks Illinois, the Ch...

Get Involved: Conference on Illinois History

Upcoming Conference!

The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for October 6-7, 2016, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State.

The conference includes 24 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, archaeology, baseball, historic preservation, race, immigration, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics.

TEACHERS: In order to receive CPDUs for the conference, teachers MUST bring a $10 check made payable to the Regional Office of Education when signing in at the conference. This fee is in addition to the registration paid to the ALPLF.

On-line registration begins on August 30. The program can be viewed at:

Questions? Contact Sabrina Manci at 217-558-9014 or [email protected].

A friendly reminder that the registration for the IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting closes on July 15.  Regis...
The Art Library As Place: Building On The Past, Building For The Future | IFLA Art Libraries...

A friendly reminder that the registration for the IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting closes on July 15. Register soon! Tours of Chicago area architectural sites and libraries are filling quickly.

IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA, in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Midstates and Ohio Valley Chapters of ARLIS/NA, has organized a three-day conference in Chicago that focuses on modern and historic art library facilities. The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future will consist of papers, panel discussions, site visits to local art museums and libraries, and tours of Chicago area architecture.

Special Events to Note:

Keynote Address by Design With Company: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 4-5 pm
Opening Reception in the Art Institute: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 5-7 pm
Special (ticketed) Banquet in the Louis Sullivan Stock Exchange Room: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6-8 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception in the Burnham Penthouse, 224 S. Michigan Ave, 18th Floor: Thursday, Aug. 11, 5-7:30 pm

The conference will be held August 9-11 at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Registration closes on July 15. Visit the conference website to learn more and to register soon!
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

You're invited to join art librarians from around the world in Chicago this summer! Registration now open. The IFLA World Library and Information Congress


Assembly bill 568 could have devastating effects on historic preservation statewide. Learn more and act now!

A public hearing on this bill will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 10. Click here for complete information.

A new bill introduced to the Wisconsin Legislature, Assembly Bill 568, on December 4, proposes that political subdivisions (cities, towns, villages, or counties) may not designate historic landmarks without the consent of the building owners. The bill would also revoke the right of political subdivisions to require or prohibit actions regarding preservation of the aesthetic or historic character of historic properties. The bill was introduced by Representatives Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) and Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) and co-sponsored by Senators Frank Lasee (R-DePere), and Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville).

Help us speak out against this bill, which Madison Trust board president Sam Breidenbach calls “devastating.” When individuals purchase historic properties, they are aware of the conditions involved, which include allowing political subdivisions to regulate the maintenance of the building in order to serve the collective interests of the area. Under this bill, individual building owners could have the right to refuse compliance with preservation regulations, which could weaken the historic neighborhoods in which the buildings are situated.

Tools for speaking out:

Read the bill here. We’ve highlighted the sections pertaining to historic preservation.

Read Sam Breidenbach’s letter to Representative Chris Taylor and Senator Fred Risser here. The letter has some great points you can use to make your case to your legislators. Make sure to also add your own points.

Find contact information for your legislators here. The page that appears is a map. Enter your address in the search bar in the top right hand corner. This will zoom in on your district on the map and show contact information for your state representative and senator.

Submit a letter to the Wisconsin State Journal here.

Make sure to share the above links via social media and personal emails. Let’s keep Madison’s historic places relevant and regulated!

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin. A Guided 360 VR Virtual Tour
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin. A Guided 360 VR Virtual Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin. A Guided 360 VR Virtual Tour

Experience this guided, interactive and immersive 360 Virtual Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, Spring Green, WI including his house, studio, school and estate. Produced by Tour de Force 360VR.

Henry Frerk Sons
Henry Frerk Sons

Henry Frerk Sons

We've honed our masonry knowledge with dedication (some might say obsession), turning matching and analysis into an art. We love to share our experience, and provide on-site consultation and training for a range of audiences. Contact us to learn more!Restoration/Preservation


A Journey from Sumerian Ur of the Chaldees to the

Baroque Farnese Fountains: Italian Excellence in the
Preservation of the World’s Cultural Heritage
Lecture: Friday Nov. 13, 2015, 10:00 am
SAIC HPres Conservation Studio: 1506 Lakeview Building

Mr. Vakalis is a Master Restorer and educator who has worked in the field of preservation for more than thirty years at cultural heritage sites around the world. An accomplished artist and graduate of the Instituto Centrale di Restauro in Rome (ISCR), Mr. Vakalis specializes in the conservation and restoration of stone artifacts, polychrome wood sculptures, canvas and panel paintings, and murals.

He has worked on restoration projects as varied as a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin, the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Longmen Cave Grottoes in Henan, China, and the Bembo Fountains in Herakelion, Crete. Aside from creating and preserving works of art, his other passion is sharing his experiences in the field and providing training opportunities for the next generation of restorers and conservators. Mr. Vakalis is currently the Director of the Athens Program of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

2013-nikolas-vakalis and Technical Director for the IIRPS field school in San Gemini, Italy

SAIC's HPRES graduates intern with various organizations throughout the city.  Friends of the Chicago River is one.Follo...
Internships - Volunteer - Get Involved - Friends of the Chicago River

SAIC's HPRES graduates intern with various organizations throughout the city. Friends of the Chicago River is one.
Follow the link below to learn about more opportunities.

Development Intern - Intern will receive working knowledge and practical experience as part of a non-profit, fundraising department team at a well respected and successful urban, environmental organization.

Vernacular Architecture Forum - Links for Grad Students

The M.S. Historic Preservation Program at the SAIC is pleased to be hosting the semi-annual

Board Meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Forum on Saturday November 14, 2015. The Vernacular Architecture Forum is the premier organization in North America dedicated to the appreciation and study of ordinary buildings and landscapes. Established in 1979, VAF is composed of scholars from many fields, including history, architectural history, geography, anthropology, sociology, landscape history, historic preservation, and material culture studies. It sponsors an annual conference and publications including the journal Buildings and Landscapes.

Links for Graduate Students

Graduate Students interested in vernacular architecture, may wish to formally study those buildings and landscapes that are so integral to the fabric of our every day lives or to work in a job in which you deal with vernacular resources. The VAF provides the following link for Graduate Students seeking valuable resources related to the study of vernacular architecture:

As someone interested in vernacular architecture, you may wish to formally study those buildings and landscapes that are so integral to the fabric of our every day lives or to work in a job in which you deal with vernacular resources.


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