and Sullivan's Charnley-Persky House Tour
When: Wednesdays throughout the year: 12:00 noon
Saturdays April through November: 10:00 am and 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays December through March: 1:00 p.m. only
Where: Charnley-Persky House (use door at south end of building), 1365 N. Astor Street, Chicago
Description: Every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year, the Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation offers docent-led tours of Adler and Sullivan's renowned residential work, the James Charnley House (1891-1892) on Astor Street in Chicago. The house, which has long been recognized internationally as a pivotal work of modern architecture, was designed by two luminaries in Chicago architecture-Louis H. Sullivan and his protégé, Frank Lloyd Wright. In Charnley-Persky House the architects rejected historical details common to Victorian architecture in favor of abstract forms that later became the hallmarks of modern architecture. In addition, the house's open floor plan and manipulation of space prefigured the complex spatial arrangements common in the residential work of Wright and other Prairie School architects. The regular Saturday tours also include the Albert F. Madlener House at 4 West Burton Place.
The tours are co-sponsored by the Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation (www.charnleyperskyhouse.org), the Society of Architectural Historians (www.sah.org) and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (www.grahamfoundation.org).
COST: Wednesday tours are free.
COST: Saturday tours: $10 adults/$5 seniors and students age 18 and over.
All teachers with valid State of Illinois ID are admitted free of charge as are students under the age of 18.
DURATION: Wednesday tours 1 hour; Saturday tours 90 minutes.
What: "Louis Sullivan and the Structure of Ornament: Work in Progress" lecture by Anthony Alofsin
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
4 West Burton Place, Chicago
Description: Sullivan's ornament has long been seen as central to his contribution to modern architecture, yet the processes by which he designed his patterns have roots in ancient practices of design utilized from prehistory through the Middle Ages to the beginning of the twentieth century. This lecture presents the results of the recent collaboration between Anthony Alofsin, University of Texas at Austin, and the Experiential Technologies Center at UCLA to investigate the structure of Sullivan's ornament, to define the rule systems behind its composition, and to extrapolate how ornament can be the basis of new, advanced forms of virtual and conceptual architecture. Representing an interim point in ongoing research, the results are suggestive of design possibilities, and the lecture will be interactive with dialogue between Dr. Alofsin and the audience.
Anthony Alofsin is the Roland Roessner Centennial Professor of
Architecture and Professor of Art and Art History, University
of Texas at Austin.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Society of Architectural
Reservations are required for this program and may be made online at www.grahamfoundation.org or by calling 312.787.4071, x226.