Friday, September 15, 2006


The 150th birthday celebration of all things Louis Sullivan continues today with the opening of an exhibition of letters, drawings, photographs and architectural objects at William Hasbrouck's legendary Prairie Avenue Bookshop at 418 South Wabash, often cited as the world's largest bookshop devoted to architecture. The exhibit is open to the public during the store's regular hours of business: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, weekdays, and 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and we're told the staff will be happy to discuss the items on display, some of which will be offered for sale when the exhibition closes early next year. (You can also buy pieces of Sullivan's Stock Exchange Building at the newly renamed Macy's on State, but that's a story for later next week.)

On another front, the Charnley-Perksy House Museum is offering two celebrity tours of the landmark Sullivan/Wright designed home. Both are $10.00, and are limited to 30 people, so this Saturday's 1:00 tour with restoration architect John Eifler, who led the 1986 restoration of the building, could already be full (call 312/573.1365 to make reservations), but if you can't get in this coming Saturday, there's another tour on Saturday October 14th, also at 1:00 P.M., with architect John Vinci, whose many restoration projects include overseeing the reinstallation of the trading room from the Chicago Stock Exchange building into its current location at the Art Institute. The museum offers regular, non-celebrity tours of the house as well. Check out all the info here.

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