Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Stanley Tigerman, and the Gold Coast

What does Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Stanley Tigerman have in common why they all are featured in hidden rarely known museums and exhibits in the Gold Coast. The Charnley-Perksy House was built by the firm of Adler and Sullivan under the supervision of Frank Lloyd Wright. The house’s creative genius can be attributed to Louis Sullivan with flourishes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s taste. The house’s architectural features include a hearth in the entrance way with rounded arches, beaded trim, and organic elements which are known to be loves of Louis Sullivan. The built in bookcases, hidden staircases, and hidden heat registers are the loves of Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is full of the potential  genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with the modern twist of Louis Sullivan in the early 1890s.

The house is located at 1365 North Astor Street and the Society of Architectural Historians currently conducts business in the house. Therefore, tours are Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m., free, and limited to only fifteen people. Tours on Saturdays are at 10:00 am. December through March and at 12:00 p.m. April through November. The cost is ten dollars for adults, eight dollars for seniors and students, and  five dollars for children 5 to 12 years old. Teachers and SAH national members are free always.

The Graham Foundation has recently opened its doors for a regular public exhibition. The current exhibition is Ceci n’est pas une reverie featuring Chicago born architect, Stanley Tigerman. The exhibition takes up all three floors of the Graham Foundation and uses Tigerman’s texts, sketches, cartoons, object designs, architectural drawings, and models to relate to nine themes of Tigerman’s career. The themes include Utopia, Allegory, Humor, Death, Division, (Dis)Order, Identity, Yaleiana and Drift. Tigerman has over 450 buildings in creation with 175 being built since 1960. Some of the most well known Chicago projects are the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie and the Anti-Cruelty Society’s bright blue and yellow building.

The foundation is located at 4 West Burton Place and the exhibition is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and 8 pm every third Thursday of the month. The exhibition will be open until May 19th.




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