EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday-Sunday, 17-18 JUNE 2017
Join us in
Edwardsville, Elsah & St. Louis!
The eighteenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America will be held in downstate Illinois near St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, 17 June, and Sunday 18 June. The featured building will be the Ralph Griffin house in Edwardsville, built for Walter’s brother’s family in 1909-10. Visited by the Griffin Society in 2002, the house is now fully restored and is one of the subjects of a new book being issued by the Society at the June meeting (see announcement to follow).
We will meet Saturday morning at the Lovejoy Library on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE). Doors will open at 8:00 for onsite registration and book sales, and the meeting will begin at 9:00. Following the morning presentations in the library’s Abbott Auditorium, we will visit the extraordinary collection of architectural ornament by Louis Sullivan housed on campus and tour Buckminster Fuller’s powerful geodesic dome, completed in 1971, and now housing the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability. The afternoon with continue with tours of several buildings in Edwardsville, including the Ralph Griffin house, and will end with a reception in the Griffin house yard. On Sunday morning, we will meet to visit Sullivan’s Wainwright building in downtown St. Louis, and have scheduled the Wainwright tomb in Bellefontaine cemetery to be open for us at 11:00.
The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express at 1000 Plummer Drive, Edwardsville, IL, 618-692-7255. It is five minutes by car from the Ralph Griffin house and close to the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Ask for the Griffin conference rate. Reservations must be made by 17 May to get the conference discount.
[NOTE: The fall announcement that the meeting would take place on the campus of Principia College proved to be premature. After the newsletter was mailed, we were informed that our use of the campus was no longer possible.]
The REGISTRATION FORM can be found here and in the newsletter. Please fill it out, indicating your choice of sandwich and beverage for lunch, and return it to the Griffin Society’s headquarters. Please be sure to include your email address. The cost will be $35 for the Saturday/Sunday meeting and tours, $10 for the box lunch and, of course, registrants must also have paid their annual dues of $25 to the Society.