Summer Picnic 2019
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Picnic 2019

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Join Docomomo US/Chicago for an exclusive members-only* event on the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Our 2nd annual Summer picnic will be held this year at the historic Armco-Ferro house in Beverly Shores, Indiana.

Built for Chicago’s 1933-34 “A Century of Progress” World’s Fair, the Armco-Ferro “Mayflower” house was a prototype for an affordable, mass-produced house. Although the design is based on the traditional American four-square, the structure and facade are made almost entirely of steel.

Adjacent to G.F. Keck’s House of Tomorrow and the Florida house by R.L. Weed, the Armco-Ferro house is part of a group of houses that were moved to Beverly Shores after the World’s Fair concluded and today make up the Century of Progress Architectural District.

*If you would like to attend and you are not currently a Docomomo US member or your membership has lapsed, please join or renew here.

• BBQ Luncheon included (meats, vegetables, sides, and beverages).

• Meet the current homeowners of the Armco-Ferro house and learn about their restoration project

• Exterior tours of other Century of Progress houses with Todd Zeiger of Indiana Landmarks

RSVP required. Please RSVP by August 14, by email to:

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The site address is: 251 W Lake Front Dr., Michigan City, IN 46360

By car – about 1 hour drive from the Chicago Loop. Car pooling is suggested. Limited parking will be available behind the house and at a public parking lot adjacent to the site.

By train/walking - accessible from Chicago on the South Shore Line. The site is a 20 to 30 min walk from the Beverly Shores train station - after exiting the station, walk (north) along Broadway for 1 mile to the beachfront. Then turn left onto East Lake Front Dr. and walk along the road (west) for about 2,000 ft. The Armco-Ferro house is directly across from the very pink Florida house.

The Sunday train schedule is as follows:

Depart Chicago:

Depart Millennium Station 10:45am, arrive Beverly Shores 12:15pm

Depart Millennium Station 12:12pm, arrive Beverly Shores 1:42pm

Return to Chicago:

Depart Beverly Shores 3:56pm, arrive Millennium Station 5:23pm

Depart Beverly Shores 5:45pm, arrive Millennium Station 7:11pm

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Annual Meeting
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting

Join Docomomo US/Chicago for our Annual Meeting at the Cliff Dwellers Club. Docomomo US/Chicago Chair Serge Ambrose, will give a summary of our progress for 2018 and plans for 2019. All members are encouraged to attend.

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Mid-Century Modern Plazas and Public Art in Chicago’s Loop
12:00 PM12:00

Mid-Century Modern Plazas and Public Art in Chicago’s Loop

Join Docomomo US Chicago as a part of the nation-wide “Tour Day” of modern spaces, buildings, and neighborhoods. This year, the group will explore modern plazas and art, both interior and exterior, in Chicago’s Loop. Throughout the day, Docomomo Chicago will be stationed in the lobby of the Inland Steel Building in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center's annual Open House Chicago event. Inland Steel, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1956, pioneered the use of flexible interior space. Its lobby is a masterpiece of Modernist design and includes Richard Lippold’s sculpture “Radiant I”, commissioned for the space.

A walking tour (offered twice) will examine the landscapes, architecture, and monumental artwork in several iconic urban plazas: the Chicago Federal Center, home to Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”; the James R. Thompson Center, home to Jean Dubuffet’s “Monument with Standing Beast”; the Daley Plaza and its “Untitled” Picasso sculpture; Brunswick Plaza, home to Juan Miró’s “Miro’s Chicago”; and the Chase Tower, home to Marc Chagall’s ”Four Seasons”.

Both tours will be led by Michael Finn, landscape architect and fine arts specialist with the General Services Administration; Doug Stapleton, curator at the Illinois State Museum; and Jason Molchanow, curator for the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.

Tours will depart at 12pm (Tour #1) and 2pm (Tour #2) from the Inland Steel Building at 30 W. Monroe Street. To reserve a spot on either tour, please click one of the links above.

The tours are free and open to all. Advance registration is appreciated. Tour attendees will receive a free brochure of public art in Chicago.

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Docomomo US National Symposium 2018: Design/Community /Progressive Preservation
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Docomomo US National Symposium 2018: Design/Community /Progressive Preservation

Join us for four days of engaging programming, including exclusive tours and rare glimpses inside modern masterpieces. Engage in conversations with visionary leaders in architecture, art, design, and community. Created in partnership with Docomomo US and Exhibit Columbus – the National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, is also developed in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Indiana and Kentucky Chapters and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

Visit the 2018 National Symposium website for more information.

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1:00 PM13:00

Docomomo Chicago Summer Social

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Preservation Challenges of Modernist Structures
8:00 AM08:00

Preservation Challenges of Modernist Structures

The Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter, in collaboration with Docomomo US/Chicago and the IIT College of Architecture invite you to a  symposium on the Preservation Challenges of Modernist Structures.

Symposium overview
A majority of modern buildings and sites that were designed and constructed during the 20th Century are now more than 50 years old, the time frame when many would consider a structure to be historic. A large number of these structures (and even those considered to be Postmodern) are now at a point in their lifecycles where intervention is required whether due to deterioration, neglect, misguided modifications over time, or other factors. This symposium attempts to address the challenges and issues surrounding the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or reconstruction of modern structures. 

For professionals, the event provides 5.5 CEUs.

Click here to register for the Symposium. Docomomo members receive discounted registration.



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