Boule Mich Modern?

Tour by Rolf Achilles
October 4, 2008
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Meet at 1:00pm Meet in front of the Jeweler’s Building, 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago


3.0 AIA CE Learning Units

How did the modern develop in Chicago? Did midwest modernism have its origins in American Art Deco? Explore the development of modern ideas of design in the context of an expanding metropolis. Tour upper Michigan Avenue with local preservationist and art historian Rolf Achilles. Join us for an intriguing discussion of the origins of Boule Mich Modern and how architectural design developed for commercial entities in a neighborhood that transitioned in the 20th century from residential to one of the world’s most renowned retail districts.

The tour will meet in front of the Jeweler’s Building and then commence at Michigan and Wacker with a look up and down Michigan Avenue - a view like nowhere else in the U.S! We will then move in and out of buildings up Michigan Avenue, with a grand Palmolive finale.

Tour Leader Bio

Rolf Achilles, President of Landmarks Illinois and Adjunct Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Chicago architectural and art historian Rolf Achilles is a preservation advisor for the Reid House in Chicago, Unity Temple in Oak Park, the Haus Hohen Pappeln in Weimar, Germany, and the Richard H. Driehaus Collection in Chicago.  He teaches historic preservation and decorative arts at the Art Institute, is the curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier, and is a member of the Chicago Public Art Commission.  Rolf also curated and administered the IIT Centennial Exhibition of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Architect as Educator.


$20.00 for non-members. Free for current members and new members who sign up at the event.


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