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The 21st Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 7 May 2022 in Elmhurst.  The morning session will take place at the lecture hall in the Schaible Science Center, which is located at the southeast corner of the Elmhurst University campus, on the northwest corner of Prospect and Elm Park avenues.  There is parking for this event in the university lot on the north side of the building.  Doors to the Schaible center will open at 8:00AM for registration, etc.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 and run until 12:00 noon, with a coffee break mid-morning.  Box lunches will be available and can be ordered on the enclosed registration form.  They will arrive at noon.  Tours will start at 1:00 and end at 4:30. As always, you will proceed at your own pace.  (The tour notes given out at the meeting will provide more details.)   

The morning lectures include four speakers:  Preservationist Michael Allen will talk about the National Building Arts Center (NBAC) near St. Louis at Sauget, Illinois, of which he is now the president (members will remember his talk at the Edwardsville meeting of 2017, as well as his tour of downtown St. Louis the next morning); preservationist Mary Brush will explain the complex task of restoring the exterior of Bruce Goff’s Bachman house in Chicago, a remodeling of an existing building; Aaron Holverson of the Rockford firm of Studio GWA describes the digital recording of Solid Rock and subsequent as-built drawings created from those scans, a project funded by the Griffin Society; and Paul Kruty recounts the Griffin family’s years in Elmhurst, Walter’s maturing in this suburb, and his work in Elmhurst from 1900 to 1914 (two of his surviving buildings are on the afternoon tour).  He will also outline the afternoon’s activities, which include open houses at Griffin’s Emery and Sloane houses and Wright’s Henderson house.

The Society has not reserved hotel rooms for this event, primarily because the Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday has made it prohibitive.  Out of town members will find it best to stay at one of the many hotels located where the Kennedy expressway meets 294, just east of O’Hare airport.  Several of the hotels have already filled up with Mother’s Day travelers, but there were rooms available as of this writing at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Road, Rosemont, 847-518-1234; also the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5460 N. River Road, Rosemont, 847-292-9100.  There is an entrance to the Kennedy at River Road that leads directly to 294 South (direction Indiana).  The exit, several miles downroad, is North Avenue/Elmhurst.  Proceed west to York Road, turn left, drive through central Elmhurst, turn right on Church Street, drive west to Prospect Avenue.  The Schaible Center will be ahead on the right.

[NB: According to its Task Force Update of 7 March, Elmhurst University announced “that our campus-wide indoor mask mandate will be lifted effective March 19, 2022.”  The report added that masks are still highly recommended and that if at a subsequent date “there is a shift in Covid-19 indicators that require action,” mitigation strategies might be re-implemented.  Please bring masks and be prepared to wear them at each of the open houses and the university classroom.]


Please, please renew your Griffin Society membership if you haven’t done so this year. The past year’s absence of a spring meeting following the cancellation of 2020's meeting has had the effect of delaying renewals for many of our members. We have never raised our basic dues of $25 and yet have been able to host the meetings and newsletters as well as sponsor publications and preservation projects. But we do need our members to renew to continue making these things possible. Thanks so very, very much. The membership renewal form can be found here (Membership Form). Please return the form with your payment to the Society.

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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