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DOCOMOMO US TOUR DAY 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Join DOCOMOMO US, the regional chapters, and local preservation organizations for modern architecture tours throughout the United States.

Please join us for these Chicago area tours


Harry Weese in Chicago

Saturday, October 5
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Meet in front of 227 East Walton Place, two blocks east of Michigan Ave

While most closely associated with Mies van der Rohe and the glass towers of Skidmore Owings, and Merrill, the modern movement in Chicago included numerous other architects of renown, who brought their own distinctive brand of modernism to the Windy City. Among the foremost of these designers was Harry Weese, whose practice continued well into the later 20th century. Less polemical than many of his contemporaries, Weese employed a wide variety of materials and forms, and worked on commercial, residential, and institutional projects of diverse scale. This tour will examine four of his firm's 14 Chicago projects, each representing a significant aspect of Weese's career's work: 227 East Walton Place, the Time Life Building, Swissotel, and Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist.
NOTE: This tour involves a substantial amount of walking.

Cost: $10
Details and Reservations:
Please RSVP to: cjenck@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you there!

Schweikher-Langsdorf House & Studio

Saturday, October 5
10am-2pm (40 minute guided tours every hour)
Location: The Schweikher House, 645 S. Meacham Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Tours of the house will feature Schweikher&s masterful integration of brick, glass and wood, including an iconic brick fireplace, passive solar room, cantilevered construction, exposed wood beams, built-in furniture, and gardens designed by the noted Midwestern landscape architect Franz Lipp.

Cost: $25 per person
Details and Reservations:
Tours are limited to 12 persons
Advance registration required
For tour information and registration, visit http://schweikherhouse.org/tours

Modern Skyscrapers (1950s-Present)

Saturday, October 5
1:00pm (one hour duration)
Location: Meet at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

In the years following World War II, Chicago established itself as a world capital of Modern architecture. On this tour we examine many of the buildings that helped earn Chicago this reputation, from the elegant minimalism of Mies van der Rohe&s Federal Center to the brawny expressiveness of the Richard J. Daley Center.

Cost: $17 person; free for CAF members
Details and Reservations:
For more information call 312.922.TOUR or visit: https://tickets.architecture.org

Farnsworth Tour Plus

Saturday, October 5
9:30am (seven hour duration)
Location: Meet at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Farnsworth House, Crown Hall, and 860-880 Lake Shore Drive are included in this tour of world renowned works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a leader of Modernism who revolutionized the architecture of our era. We begin with a visit to the iconic twin towers designed by Mies at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, which are considered to be the first modern steel and glass skyscrapers. Next, we tour Crown Hall on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, described by Mies himself as his best work. We then enjoy a guided tour of the exterior and interior of Farnsworth House, the famous glass house in the woods created by Mies at a rural site 62 miles southwest of Chicago. We travel by deluxe motor coach and stop for an included lunch en route. Actual tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions and road repairs. Note: The tour requires a 500-yard walk to and from Farnsworth House on a wooded path. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate to the weather.

Cost: $75 Adults; $67 for CAF members
Details and Reservations:
For more information call 312.922.TOUR or visit: https://tickets.architecture.org