May 19 – white gloves, hands on viewing access to the collection

The April opening afternoon of the exhibit was very successful!  I talked about how the project came to be, how the collection was started and provoked some other interesting discussion.

The exhibit will be open to the public until the end of September 2011.  The next event is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Besides an opportunity for participants to view the exhibit that evening, many items from my collection (and other collections) that are not on display will be available for viewing by all participants.

Most of these things haven’t seen the light of day for decades, some for nearly 100 years!  Original pencil drawings, blueprints, personal photographs and documents.

Since the exhibit was announced, new items have surfaced recently, or been offered on loan. For example, this original presentation drawing for a Prairie School School (Chicago Junior School, now Fox River Country Day School) built in Elgin Illinois starting in 1929. How exciting is that!?

And people thought (including myself) that talking about the Prairie School any more, after 100-plus years, was just beating a dead horse! Not only is there new stuff to find, there is also lots of mythology about the period and its architects to debunk.

This nearly forgotten about architect and his work are now being brought into the light.  If you are a buff of Prairie School architecture, seeing much of the the work of this outstanding architect for the first time will surprise, and hopefully delight you!

Space is limited for this event and should be reserved in advance. Admission for this special event is $25.00 for members, $35.00 for non members.  The location is:  Old Barrington Center, 212 West Main Street, Barrington, IL 60010

Barrington History Museum (Historical Society): 847-381-1730

Come join us on May 19 starting at 7:00 PM. Or visit the exhibit during regular museum hours. BTW, it’s always a good idea to call ahead first.

Also, books will also be available for purchase – I’ll be happy to sign a copy for you!

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3 Responses to May 19 – white gloves, hands on viewing access to the collection

  1. Miriam Kelm says:

    Are any of the drawings that will be available for viewing be ones that Walter Sobel would have been involved with?

    • Administrator says:


      No original pencil drawings in Sobels hand, but two sets of blueprints in his hand. One set for Ravina School, and one set for Braeside, both from the 1930’s additions.


  2. Lisa T says:

    We’ll be there. I guess I’d better get the tickets ahead of time….Chris is so on top of things!

    I’ve told the HP crowd.


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