Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Crowning Around - all day celebration of reopening of Mies Van Der Rohe's restored Crown Hall this Saturday, August 27th

The stunning restoration of Mies van der Rohe's landmark Crown Hall will be the focus of an all-day festival marking its public unveiling. Tours, taking off from the welcome center in the "north lawn tent" will begin at 11:00 A.M., Noon, 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.

At 11:30 A.M., a tour of Mies' IIT campus will be given by Kevin Harrington, IIT architectural historian, professor and co-author of Chicago's Famous Buildings.

At 2:00 P.M. in the Center Core of Crown Hall a panel of Mies colleagues and historians "will share personal reflections and stories."

At 12:30 P.M., also in Crown Hall's Center Core, there will be a reading of scenes from "Glass House," June Finfer's play on the relationship of Mies and Edith Farnsworth and the creation of Farnsworth House.

From 11:00 A.M. through 3:00, Crown Hall's Graham Resource Center will hold an open house of the Center's collection, which includes over 6,000 books, journals and electronic resources that serve the College of Architecture, as well as an extensive print collection relating to Mies van der Rohe.

The day will also feature four different musical performances, and a number of events for families and chidren. For the complete schedule, click here.

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