The Near North Side developed as a wealthy enclave after the Great Chicago Fire when Potter and Bertha Palmer built their famous Castle-inspired mansion on Lake Shore Drive. Following the Palmers, other wealthy Chicagoans built their homes in the district, many relocating from the community around Second Presbyterian Church and Prairie Avenue.
Glessner House Executive Director and Curator Bill Tyre and architect Nate Lielasus will discuss the history of Chicago's Second Presbyterian Church, its ties to Lake Forest, and recent efforts to restore this National Historic Landmark.
In celebration of Black History Month, Friends of Historic Second Church will host author, speaker and educator Michelle Duster, co-editor of Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls.
Presentation by: William Tyre, Executive Director and Curator of Glessner House Museum
This program will begin with a PowerPoint presentation discussing the team that Shaw assembled for the commission he received to rebuild the sanctuary of the church after a fire in 1900, and their work at the church. Following the presentation, Tyre will lead attendees through the sanctuary pointing out significant artistic features by the team. This special lecture and tour is being presented as a partner program with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.
Step back in time 125 years to relive the grandeur and majesty that was the World's Columbian Exposition. The Fair was attended by 27 million people between May and October 1893 and secured Chicago's place as a world-class city. This very special performance will feature musical selections related to the fair, performed on the historic 4 manual Austin organ of Second Presbyterian Church by its music director Michael Shawgo. Music was an integral part of the fair, ranging from formal concerts by the Exposition Orchestra led by Theodore Thomas, to six-weeks of band concerts led by John Philip Sousa. The Midway introduced Fair visitors to a variety of music from around the world, much of which had never been heard in the United States. October 28th also marks the 125th anniversary of the assassination of five-time Chicago mayor Carter H. Harrison, Sr. The tragic event sent the city into deep mourning and the elaborate celebration planned to close the Fair just two days later was replaced by a large public memorial service.
Commentary during the performance will provide a rich variety of stories about the Fair, its impact on Chicago and the world, and how Chicagoans honored their fallen mayor as the Fair drew to a close. Doors will open at 2:00 pm for docentled tours of the National Historic Landmark sanctuary. A reception will feature selected food items introduced at the Fair, including brownies which were developed at the request of Bertha Palmer. A small exhibit of Fair memorabilia will be on display. This event is co-sponsored by Glessner House Museum.
Architect Nate Lielasus will provide a Basement to Belfry tour of the church. During this popular tour at Second Presbyterian, guests will be given a behind the scenes look at areas of the church not typically visited on regular tours, from the basement dirt floor to the charred roof timbers. The tour will focus on original architectural features from the 1874 construction and evidence of changes during Shaw's reconstruction. Please note there are stairs, uneven ground, and several small spaces.
Presentation by Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy
This lecture will hone in on a “best of” history of Miller’s broad and deep oeuvre and also discuss the preservation efforts to keep Miller’s incredibly unique history intact and vibrant for future generations to appreciate and learn from. A partner program of the Terra Foundation’s Art Design Chicago; cosponsored by Glessner House Museum.
Presentation by Dennis McClendon, Chicago Historian
Starting in the early 1900s, Chicago’s “Motor Row” was home to dozens of snazzy car dealerships. At its peak, over 100 different makes of automobiles were sold in the showrooms on Michigan Avenue near Cermak. The buildings were built to grab attention with their creative architectural design. A number of these buildings still stand paying tribute to when automobiles first came to Chicago.
Judy Koessel, owner of an 1890s house in Riverside, will talk about what happened when she asked the question, "Who painted the mural on my dining room ceiling?" What started as a simple question became a detective story as one question led to another and she became immersed in the career of William de Leftwich Dodge and the many murals that he produced throughout the country, including one for the Dome of the Administration Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.
Commemorating the 106th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, this program will feature John W. W. Sherer, organist and director of music at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. Sherer, who has been hailed by critics as "a terrific musician, a pronounced virtuoso who plays with assurance, authority and superb energy," will perform music from 1912, music heard aboard Titanic, and music written to honor those lost, while telling riveting and heartbreaking stories behind the fateful voyage and the 1,500 victims. A reception following will feature selected items from the last menu served to first class passengers. Period attire welcome and a ship's wheel will be installed for photo opportunities.
Architect Nate Lielasus will provide a Basement to Belfry tour of the church. During this popular tour at Second Presbyterian, guests will be given a behind the scenes look at areas of the church not typically visited on regular tours, from the basement dirt floor to the charred roof timbers. The tour will focus on original architectural features from the 1874 construction and evidence of changes during Shaw's reconstruction.
As part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial (CAB), architect Nate Lielasus will provide a Basement to Belfry tour of the church. During this inaugural tour at Second Presbyterian, guests will be given a behind the scenes look at areas of the church not typically visited on regular tours, from the basement dirt floor to the charred roof timbers. The tour will focus on original architectural features from the 1874 construction and evidence of changes during Shaw’s reconstruction. .
Our 2017 walking tour will take us to the historic neighborhood of the Villa, located on Chicago’s northwest side at Pulaski Road and Addison Street. The area was marketed beginning in 1907 with strict guidelines governing the size, style, placement, and cost of the homes. Distinctive features include tree-lined medians down Avers and Harding Avenues and rubble-stone planters at every corner. The 126 homes represent one of the largest collections of Craftsman and Prairie School style homes in the city, designed by architects including Clarence Hatzfeld, Arthur Knox, and John C. Christensen. The Villa District was designated a Chicago landmark on November 23, 1983. The tour will be led by Bill Tyre, who consulted with Villa residents on the book written for the 90th anniversary of the Villa in 1997. Architect and Friends board member Nate Lielasus will assist. At the conclusion of the tour, attendees will be treated to a reception with
June Celebration of Chicago History co-sponsor Landmarks Illinois "The Great Chicago Fire" by Ginger Frere, MLIS Newberry Scholar-in-Residence
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the most significant events in the history of the City. For three days fire blazed through the city destroying everything in its path and leaving over 90,000 people homeless. Friends will celebrate the legacies of this pivotal event with a special presentation “The Great Chicago Fire” delivered by Ginger Frere, MLIS, Newberry Library Scholar-in-Residence. Learn how the City was rebuilt out of the ashes and developed into one of the most powerful cities in the United States.
The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama
Join Friends on Thursday February 23, for first lecture of 2017 featuring The Defender named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2016 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. It is the definitive and compelling history of the famous Chicago newspaper, headquartered for many years at 2400 S. Michigan Avenue. Author Ethan Michaeli, who worked at The Defender from 1991 to 1996, explores how the newspaper had a broad and significant impact on American life, from encouraging the Great Migration to helping break down barriers of racial segregation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored by Glessner House Museum