Monday / January 22, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Looking at H. H. Richardson's "Other" Chicago House

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

While architect Henry Hobson Richardson’s Glessner House (1885-87) at 1800 South Prairie Avenue is world famous, less well known is the Chicago house that he designed at approximately the same time for the Glessners’ friends, Franklin and Emily MacVeagh. The MacVeagh House, which stood at 1400 North North Lake Drive until it was demolished in 1922, had many similarities to Glessner House but also several key differences. These two houses were both designed near the end of Richardson’s career, for clients who were a part of the same social world but with very different goals in the building of their houses. Comparing the two structures offers an excellent opportunity both to examine Richardson’s varied responses to his clients and to consider just what makes for a successful house. The speakers will show a 3D rendering fly-through of the long-gone structure and will also look at the MacVeaghs' home in Washington, DC, now part of the Mexican embassy to the United States.

Speakers: John H. Waters, AIA (Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy preservation programs manager and co-director of the Victorian Society in America Chicago Summer School) and architectural historian Justin Miller from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Light refreshments. The program will begin at approximately 5:45 pm. Hear about the VSA's three summer schools in Chicago, Newport, and London at the end of the program.


(MacVeagh House above and Glessner House below)

Sponsored By

AIA Chicago, SAH Chicago, VSA Chicago Summer School

Learning Units

1 LU

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