Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation

Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation The historic James Charnley residence is a pivotal work in modern residential architecture, designed by Louis Sullivan with some input from his draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright.

For tour information, visit http://www.charnleyperskyhouse.org/.

Operating as usual

The Charnley-Persky House has been closed to the public since March due to the pandemic. The health and safety of our st...
08/24/2020
Charnley-Persky House | Society of Architectural Historians

The Charnley-Persky House has been closed to the public since March due to the pandemic. The health and safety of our staff, docents, and visitors is our top priority. We expect to resume tours in 2021, as soon as it's completely safe to welcome visitors back to the house, which has tight spaces and close quarters. We look forward to seeing you then! For updates, please visit our website. https://www.sah.org/about-sah/charnley-persky-house

The Charnley-Persky House, designed by Louis Sullivan, is recognized as a pivotal work of modern American architecture. Visit the house today.

Society of Architectural Historians
06/16/2020
Society of Architectural Historians

Society of Architectural Historians

The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail covers the 54-mile distance along U.S. 80 between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. The trail follows the route of three marches held in 1965 to protest voting discrimination against African American citizens. The marches were a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement; the Voting Rights Act was signed into law just five months after the demonstration.

Learn more about the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail on SAH Archipedia, an open-access encyclopedia of the built environment of the US developed by SAH and University of Virginia Press.

https://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AL-01-085-8004

Segregation and Resistance in America’s Urban Landscapes
06/16/2020
Segregation and Resistance in America’s Urban Landscapes

Segregation and Resistance in America’s Urban Landscapes

This virtual symposium addresses the everyday spatial practices through which marginalized communities resisted oppressions and constructed alternative or counter narratives and spaces.

Hollywood's Architect | Programs | PBS SoCal
02/04/2020
Hollywood's Architect | Programs | PBS SoCal

Hollywood's Architect | Programs | PBS SoCal

Nicknamed “Architect to the Stars,” African American architect Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects of his time. But at the height of his career he wasn’t always welcome in the buildings he designed because of his race. Hollywood’s Architect will tell the story of how h...

Society of Architectural Historians
01/09/2020

Society of Architectural Historians

Don't miss this workshop/event celebrating Washington's 100 Classic Buildings on SAH Archipedia, January 28, at Washington State University.

Don't miss this free MAS Context talk with architect Joshua G. Stein and architectural historian Paulette Singley, Octob...
10/08/2019
Joshua G Stein & Paulette Singley: Trajan’s Hollow/How to Read Architecture

Don't miss this free MAS Context talk with architect Joshua G. Stein and architectural historian Paulette Singley, October 17 at Charnley-Persky House. http://ow.ly/pOmB50wEDow

Architect Joshua G. Stein and architectural historian Paulette Singley will lecture on Thursday, October 17, as part of MAS Context’s 2019 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Society of Architectural Historians (1365 North Astor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610). Trajan’s Hollow...

We’re excited to be part of the Chicago Water Tower 150th Celebration on Saturday, September 14. Join us for this free e...
09/09/2019
Chicago Water Tower 150th Celebration

We’re excited to be part of the Chicago Water Tower 150th Celebration on Saturday, September 14. Join us for this free event, celebrating the Sesquicentennial of a Chicago icon! For details, visit watertowerarts.org/150th/

Take a docent-led, 60-minute tour of the Charnley-Persky House (1891-92) on Saturday, September 14. 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. tour times available. The National Historic Landmark house, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

The Water Tower Arts District is a coalition of cultural organizations, within walking distance of the historic Chicago Water Tower, that brings synergy to the group’s creative efforts, strengthens the cultural vigor of the community, and encourages citizens and visitors to enjoy and explore the m...

Tours of Charnley-Persky House (1891-92) are always free on Wednesdays at noon. The landmark house, designed by Louis Su...
09/06/2019
Here’s a list of Chicago museums with free days in 2019

Tours of Charnley-Persky House (1891-92) are always free on Wednesdays at noon. The landmark house, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. http://ow.ly/bIDD50vZzjh

Get into the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum for free on Illinois Resident Discount Days.

Architect John Eifler brought his restoration class to Charnley-Persky House this morning. We are always happy to welcom...
09/04/2019

Architect John Eifler brought his restoration class to Charnley-Persky House this morning. We are always happy to welcome student groups to the house!

Architect John Eifler brought his restoration class to Charnley-Persky House this morning. We are always happy to welcome student groups to the house!

Louis Sullivan considered the Wainwright Building (1890-92) in St. Louis to be his first mature work. "It must be tall, ...
09/03/2019

Louis Sullivan considered the Wainwright Building (1890-92) in St. Louis to be his first mature work. "It must be tall, every inch of it tall," he wrote in the article, "The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered." Read more on #SAHArchipedia: https://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MO-01-510-0003

Open house at Charnley-Persky house TODAY (7/27) from 10-2 in celebration of SAH's 79th anniversary! Self-guided tour of...
07/27/2019

Open house at Charnley-Persky house TODAY (7/27) from 10-2 in celebration of SAH's 79th anniversary! Self-guided tour of the house. All yard/book sale proceeds benefit Charnley-Persky House. http://ow.ly/m8tM50vdIxQ

On Saturday, July 27, in celebration of the 79th anniversary of its founding, the Society of Architectural Historians wi...
07/24/2019

On Saturday, July 27, in celebration of the 79th anniversary of its founding, the Society of Architectural Historians will host an open house at its headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House (1891-92), designed by Louis Sullivan and then-draftsman Frank Lloyd Wright.

Join us at Charnley-Persky House on Saturday, July 27, as we celebrate SAH's 79th anniversary! Self-guided tour, book an...
07/15/2019

Join us at Charnley-Persky House on Saturday, July 27, as we celebrate SAH's 79th anniversary! Self-guided tour, book and yard sale, and refreshments. Free and open to the public. http://ow.ly/vNzm50uZIZz

Cellist Mike Block continues his inaugural tour of classic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties with a performance at ...
05/17/2019
Mike Block Solo Show at Frank Lloyd Wright's Charnley-Persky House

Cellist Mike Block continues his inaugural tour of classic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties with a performance at the Charnley-Persky House on May 22. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mike-block-solo-show-at-frank-lloyd-wrights-charnley-persky-house-tickets-53881481963#tickets

Mike Block continues his innaugural tour of classic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties, this time at the Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, IL on 5/22/19! Mike will be performing a mixture of classical, folk, and original music for cello and voice. There will be a limited seating capacity for thi...

Charnley-Persky House is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Admission is free for active duty military and their families f...
05/15/2019

Charnley-Persky House is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Admission is free for active duty military and their families from May 18 (Armed Forces Day) to September 2 (Labor Day). http://ow.ly/vYhd50u6Vpu

UK travel writer Veronica Lee checks out sites along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois, including Charnley-Persky...
11/29/2018
On the trail of the two new self-guided tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings in Illinois

UK travel writer Veronica Lee checks out sites along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois, including Charnley-Persky House. http://ow.ly/xoln30mNKuX

If you, like me, are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan and want to see several of his buildings in the same trip, Illinois is the destination for you. The pioneer of Prairie School architecture established his first practice in the state, and lived here for two decades. And now Illinois has capitalised on it...

Thanks to your generosity, SAH raised $5,670 on #GivingTuesday for a matching grand total of $11,340! These funds will g...
11/29/2018

Thanks to your generosity, SAH raised $5,670 on #GivingTuesday for a matching grand total of $11,340! These funds will go toward helping us maintain Charnley-Persky House and fulfilling our role as stewards of this National Historic Landmark (http://charnleyhouse.org/).

Support Charnley-Persky House on #GivingTuesday, the global day we give to the causes we're most passionate about. http:...
11/26/2018

Support Charnley-Persky House on #GivingTuesday, the global day we give to the causes we're most passionate about. http://ow.ly/DQOu50jNqV0

Your gift will be MATCHED dollar for dollar on Tuesday, November 27, and will help fund the purchase and installation of a new furnace for the National Historic Landmark.

Replacing Charnley-Persky House's aged and inefficient furnace is one of the top priorities identified in the Conservation Management Plan, completed last fall to assess the structure and guide the Society of Architectural Historians in planned maintenance and restoration of the house. Thank you for your support!

Today is Frank Lloyd Wright's 151st birthday. Celebrate by taking a tour of the Charnley-Persky House, designed by Louis...
06/08/2018
Visit The House

Today is Frank Lloyd Wright's 151st birthday. Celebrate by taking a tour of the Charnley-Persky House, designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from Wright, his draftsman at the time. Tours are offered every Wednesday and Saturday. Wednesday tours are always free! http://ow.ly/try430kor83

Have you visited the Charnley-Persky House yet? Designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from his junior draftsman, Fr...
05/18/2018

Have you visited the Charnley-Persky House yet? Designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from his junior draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Charnley-Persky House (1891-1892) is recognized as a pivotal work of modern American architecture. Tours are offered every Wednesday & Saturday. Wednesday tours are always free! http://charnleyhouse.org/

The Charnley-Persky House is proud to participate in the 9th annual #BlueStarMuseums to offer free admission to the nati...
05/16/2018
Charnley-Persky House Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The Charnley-Persky House is proud to participate in the 9th annual #BlueStarMuseums to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel Memorial Day through Labor Day. http://ow.ly/3uSR30k26n7

Charnley-Persky House Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

The Charnley-Persky House, designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from Frank Lloyd Wright, is among the 13 sites inc...
05/09/2018
Illinois Office of Tourism unveils new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

The Charnley-Persky House, designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from Frank Lloyd Wright, is among the 13 sites included in the new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois. http://ow.ly/MvQP30jTnRb

Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably the most famous American architect who ever lived. He was a starchitect before starchitects were even a thing and developed the architectural style known as the Prairie school.

The Charnley-Persky House, which serves as the headquarters of SAH, is among the 13 sites included on the new Frank Lloy...
05/08/2018
State unveils Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

The Charnley-Persky House, which serves as the headquarters of SAH, is among the 13 sites included on the new Frank Lloyd Wright trail announced yesterday by the Illinois Office of Tourism. http://ow.ly/jPN830jTnLE

The self-guided tour is made up of 13 sites around the state designed by the Prairie School architect and open to the public.

Vote for Charnley-Persky House for your most-loved Landmark!
03/21/2018
Love Chicago 2018 Awards

Vote for Charnley-Persky House for your most-loved Landmark!

Love Chicago 2018 Awards Who do you love? We’re talking restaurants, bars, shops, parks… wherever it is that you get your kicks. The aim of this is for you, beautiful reader, to give shine to a local spot that deserves some love. Now we aren’t trying to blow up your local to the point where yo...

Society of Architectural Historians
11/28/2017
Society of Architectural Historians

Society of Architectural Historians

Now through the end of the year, Peerspace will donate 15% of the total booking value of Charnley-Persky House back to us. Thank you, Peerspace! [Scroll down to see the feature.]

"#GivingTuesday brings together businesses, organizations, and individuals to support one common goal: to encourage and celebrate giving. Which is why Peerspace is taking part and inviting our community to do the same. From today until the end of the year, when you book one of these nonprofit-owned spaces, we’ll donate 15% of the total booking to the cause they support."

Anthropologist Rebecca Graff and SAH Executive Director Pauline Saliga are giving a talk tonight at the Chicago History ...
10/26/2017
Excavating the Charnley-Persky House: Archaeology of Chicago’s Gold Coast, 1880–1920 - Chicago History Museum

Anthropologist Rebecca Graff and SAH Executive Director Pauline Saliga are giving a talk tonight at the Chicago History Museum on archaeological finds from the Charnley-Persky House.

Archaeological finds from the Charnley-Persky House, a Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright structure, reveal the intricacies of life in Gilded Age Chicago. Rebecca Graff, assistant professor of anthropology at Lake Forest College, and Pauline Saliga, executive director of the Society of Architectural…

The Conservation Management Plan for Charnley-Persky House is complete! The plan is a living document that will guide th...
10/20/2017
Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan Complete

The Conservation Management Plan for Charnley-Persky House is complete! The plan is a living document that will guide the Society of Architectural Historians' decisions about restoration priorities and future possible uses.

On September 13 of this year, SAH celebrated the completion of a comprehensive conservation management plan (CMP) for Charnley-Persky House, SAH’s landmark headquarters building designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1891–1892. SAH opted to commission a CMP, which is a relatively new a...

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