Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today at 4:00 at the Newberry: In Search of Wiliam Pretyman

image courtesy Glessner House Museum
William Pretyman was one of the key interior designers in Chicago at the end of the 19th century.  He was a great friend of John Wellborn Root, which was a factor in Pretyman being appointed "Director of Color" for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.  When it became clear to Pretyman that color - Root had planned the architecture of the Fair to be highly polychromatic - was not to have a big place in what was to become  the "White City", he resigned his post, in 1892, to be replaced by Frank D. Millet.  Today from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Towner Fellows' Lounge at Newberry Library, architect John Waters will lead a colloquium, In Search of William Pretyman, also touching on the recently restored stencil by the artist at Glessner House.  Free and open to the public.

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