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Welcome to the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America web site. Our mission is to preserve the legacy of architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin and the Prairie School of Architecture.

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As of mid-December 2020, it has still not been possible to plan with any assurance for a June meeting of the Griffin Society.  Should it seem likely in the next few months, and the vaccines become universal, we propose to reschedule the 2020 meeting.  That is, centering the Saturday meeting around the Griffin family’s hometown of Elmhurst, with a possible Sunday addition, perhaps to visit the historic site of the American Terra Cotta Company in Crystal Lake, Illinois, as originally planned.  If so, this would tentatively take place on 12 and 13 June.  Another possibility would be try for a September version of this meeting.  Holding a virtual meeting seems to us to be counterproductive, as visiting with friends, hearing live lectures and walking physical sites has been the very point of our meetings for the past twenty years.  Please feel free to express your opinions to Peter Griffin or any of the board members about plans for the next meeting.


The Walter Burley Griffin Society of America
is proud to announce


The Griffin Society is pleased to make its set of conference posters available for purchase. For the past six years the Society has commissioned commemorative posters for its annual meetings from the Brooklyn Studio of Peter Kruty and Sayre Gaydos. Hand printed with fine inks on handmade papers in limited editions, they are artworks in themselves and make excellent additions to the collections of architecture aficionados, Griffin followers, or anyone looking for an affordable and unique gift. The Society is offering these elegant prints for the modest price of $35 apiece including postage and handling (within the United States).


Peter Kruty is a master printer and, together with his partner Sayre Gaydos, is the proprietor of Peter Kruty Editions, a fine art and commercial letterpress studio located in a charming two-story former horse stable in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Peter trained under Richard-Gabriel Rummonds at The University of Alabama and has graduate degrees in both letterpress and printmaking. The studio, now in its twenty-fourth year, collaborates with numerous contemporary artists and designers, including Lesley Dill, Louise Lawler, Eliza Kentridge, and Walton Ford. Its productions are widely collected both privately and by museums and libraries. Peter has taught book arts extensively in the United States and currently instructs letterpress at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Peter and Sayre also teach a letterpress workshop at the renowned Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda, Italy.

As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Peter studied architectural history under Paul Sprague, developing an early interest in the Prairie School and Walter Burley Griffin. He attends the meetings of the Griffin Society as his schedule permits and has been pleased to offer his services in producing the conference posters for the last six meetings. Peter and Sayre have created the posters at little more than cost and have donated all proceeds to the Griffin Society.

Peter Kruty
365 40th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

See the Publications page for pricing and ordering information.


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