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Howard Van Doren Shaw Symposium

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw (May 7, 1869), this symposium brings together five scholars who will speak on various aspects of Shaw’s notable career. Known in his day as the most radical of the conservatives, and the most conservative of the radicals, Shaw’s style combined a variety of influences in new and innovative ways that make his buildings, ranging from country houses to manufacturing plants, distinctive and easily recognizable. Stuart Cohen, author of Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect, is the keynote speaker.

Additional speakers:
-Art Miller, retired archivist and librarian of special collections, Lake Forest College - Market Square and Shaw’s commercial work
-Anne Sullivan, preservation architect - Ragdale
-Nate Lielasus, architect - Marktown
-William Tyre, Executive Director and Curator, Glessner House - Shaw’s early life, and work in the South Loop
-Susan Baldwin Burian, architectural historian, will lead a panel discussion with the speakers to discuss Shaw’s impact and relevancy today

Registration opens at 8:30am, symposium begins at 9:00am.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Historic Second Church and will take place in the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, one of Shaw’s most remarkable commissions and the only one of his works to be designated a National Historic Landmark. Tours of the sanctuary will be offered at the conclusion of the symposium. And birthday cake will be served!

$25 per person
$20 for members of Glessner House and Friends of Historic Second Church

Special thanks to The Donnelley Foundation and the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation for underwriting this event. This event is co-sponsored with Glessner House.

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