SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday June 18, 2016
Join us in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood
and nearby Blue Island!
Here are important details for the seventeenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America, to be held on Saturday, 18 June:
MEETING: The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning in the Arts Center of the Morgan Park Academy at 2153 W. 111th Street, Chicago, 60643. The building will be open at 8:00 and we urge everyone to arrive by 8:30. You may park in the lot on the west side of the Academy buildings [see map]. Morning lectures will take place in this space, which we have reserved from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Lecture topics will include Griffin’s low-cost housing; the Society’s effort to encourage preservation of Griffin’s Sloane house in Elmhurst; Chris Enck’s amazing project to move Van Bergen’s Irving House, formerly in Wilmette; and an examination of Griffin and Wright’s architectural ornament and its relationship with so-called Art Deco by Robert Bruegmann, Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
LUNCH & TOURS: Box lunches will be delivered to the Arts Center at noon. From 12:30 to 5:00 we will be visiting a selection of houses in Chicago’s Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods and the nearby village of Blue Island. These include houses by Griffin, Wright, and Maher, as well as a cross-section of the work of Robert Seyfarth and even a fabulous house by Bertram Goldberg.
SUNDAY TOUR: The Society is offering a tour of the William Sloane house in Elmhurst at 248 Arlingon on Sunday morning. As we will learn about on Saturday morning, the Society is sponsoring the writing of a National Register nomination of the house and possible donation of a preservation easement to assist in keeping this important house viable for many years to come.
ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, 60453, for the nights of Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 June, under the name of the Walter Burley Griffin Society. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel at 800-315-1058. The hotel is located a few miles west of Beverly just north of 95th Street.
Please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM, indicating your choice of sandwich and beverage for lunch, and return it to the Griffin Society’s headquarters. The cost will be for $15 for the Saturday meeting and tours, $10 for the box lunch and, of course, registrants must also have paid their annual dues of $25 to the Society.