EventsBuilding Chicago’s Public Spaces with Julia Bachrach

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Building Chicago’s Public Spaces with Julia Bachrach

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center, park historian Julia Bachrach will highlight two major architectural themes in park history: the Museum of Science and Industry—built as the Palace of Fine Arts for the World’s Columbian Exposition—and the fieldhouse, an influential building type invented in Chicago. We'll discuss the original drawings by architects Daniel H. Burnham and Charles B. Atwood, which have rarely been seen by the public before.

See these original drawings and more in the exhibit From Swamps to Parks: Building Chicago's Public Spaces, on display now at Harold Washington Library Center in the 9th floor Exhibit Hall.

Julia Bachrach is a historian, preservationist and author of The City in A Garden and Inspired by Nature. As the previous historian to the Chicago Park District, she worked closely to facilitate the transfer of a collection of over 200,000 archival materials to CPL’s Special Collections.

The Chicago Architecture Center is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Its mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters.

This event is made possible by the Chicago Public Library Foundation

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