Thursday, October 03, 2013

It's SteelDay - take a Staggered Truss to Lunch! Plus Jens Jensen, Harry Weese, Graceland and BIG - the October calendar continues to swell

353 North Clark under construction (click images for larger view)
Friday October 4th is this year's SteelDay, the American Institute of Steel Construction's annual celebration of all things carbo-ferrous.  In Chicago, it's being observed with a Shop Model Review and Approval and tour of Northwestern's new Outpatient Care Pavilion.  And then at 4:00, Charlie Carter talks about The Life of the K Factor at the Pritzker Military Library in the Monroe Building.
The Godfrey Hotel, a/k/a Duke Miglin, a/k/a Staybridge
Yep, we're still loading up the October Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events with still more items. 
Time-Life Building
Did you know that Saturday the 5th is the 7th annual National Tour Day?  Me neither, but docomomo is observing it in Chicago with a walking tour (bring sensible shoes) of many of the most prominent works of architect Harry Weese, including 227 East Walton, the Time-Life, Swissotel and Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist.  I've never quite figured out if you can attend as a solitary guest, or you have to be a guest of a docomomo member, but we've got a link on the calendar so you can check it out for yourself.

On Monday the 7th at the Wicker Park Field House, William Tishler discusses his new book, Jens Jensen: Writing Inspired by Nature.  On Saturday the 12th, Design Evanston is offering a tour of Graceland Cemetery by Craig Soncraft of Wolff Landscape - the firm that has been Graceland's landscape architects for over 20 years - including a discussion of the original design by Ossian Cole Simonds.  As part of this year's Open House Chicago, the Guild Literary Complex is featuring Applied Words: Re-Built with Sandra Seaton, Saturday the 19th at the original Sears Tower on Homan.  On Tuesday the 22nd, BIG's Kai-Uwe Bergmann will delivering the keynote for the Association of Licensed Architects 15th Annual Architecture Conference and Product Show, at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oak Brook.
And this is just the new stuff.  Seriously, there's so much going on, I'm just going to go lie down.  You, dear reader, are no doubt made of sterner stuff, so check out all 60+ great events still to come on the October Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

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