Modern Landmarks: Mingling with the Great Ones on Dearborn Street

Tour by Rolf Achilles
June 9, 2007
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm


Meet at 2:00pm at the Federal Plaza: Dearborn between Adams and Jackson


Why are some of Chicago’s greatest modern architectural icons landmarked while others aren’t?  Tour Dearborn Street in Chicago’s Loop with local preservationist and art historian Rolf Achilles to learn more about what it takes to landmark buildings of the modern movement, many of which helped win Chicago’s place in architectural history books.  The tour will begin in Mies’s famed Federal Plaza on Dearborn and end at Goldberg’s beloved “corncob” Marina City.  The tour will also take in important modern outdoor sculptures that add to the city’s urban environment, including Calder’s Flamingo and Picasso’s unnamed masterpiece in front of Daley Center.

Sites Featured on Tour

  • Federal Center: Dearborn between Adams and Jackson, 1964-1974, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • including Alexander Calder sculpture, Flamingo, 1973
  • look over at Metropolitan Correctional Center:  Van Buren between Clark and Federal, 1975, Harry Weese & Associates
  • Inland Steel:  30 W. Monroe, 1958, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • First National Bank Building: Madison between Dearborn and Clark, 1969, Perkins & Will
  • including Marc Chagall mosaic wall, Four Seasons, 1974
  • Chicago Loop Synagogue: 16 S. Clark Street, 1958
  • including stained glass window by Abraham Rattner, 1960
  • Brunswick Building: 69 W. Washington, 1965, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • including Joan Miro sculpture, Miro’s Chicago, 1981
  • Daley Center: 50 W. Washington, 1965, C. F. Murphy Associates
  • including Pablo Picasso sculpture, Unnamed, 1967
  • Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist: 55 E Wacker Drive, 1968, Harry Weese & Associates
  • IBM Building: 333 N. Wabash, 1971, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Marina City: the River between Dearborn and State, 1959, Bertrand Goldberg

Tour Leader Bio

Rolf Achilles, President-Elect 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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