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Canadian Architects of the Chicago School 1880 – 1935
A striking feature of Chicago that amazes visitors and newcomers alike is the ability of taxi-cab drivers to identify city landmarks by their architect. The Thompson Center? – why that’s Helmut Jahn. The Loop Post Office? – it’s Mies van der Rohe. The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park – Frank Gehry! The part of the […]
Happy Canada Day! … from Chicago…
In connecting two concepts: July 1 is Canada Day. July 1, 1867 was the day that HRM Queen Victoria signed the British North America Act and officially declared Canada to be a country. Milt Rosenberg is an iconic Chicago radio broadcaster. Over the years, he has regularly interviewed the likes of Henry Kissinger and Margaret […]
Darrel Babuk presented with Visit Oak Park Award
At the Annual Meeting of Visit Oak Park (formerly known as the Oak Park Area Visitor and Convention Bureau), Darrel Babuk was presented with the “New Member of the Year Award”, in recognition of the Babuk Presentations, Inc. initiative. Though Darrel Babuk is a practicing architect – having completed various project and program management projects […]
It’s a New Year – 2011!
As I keep reminding people, any good Canadian Prairie Kid can tell you that there’s a good three or four days left to celebrate Christmas… In exchanging Seasons Greetings with my colleagues, the universal response has been something to the effect that “2011 will definitely be better than 2010 because it couldn’t get much worse”. […]
An Expanding Role for Babuk Presentations
The relationship enjoyed by Canada and the United States is a model to be envied around the world. While the cross border relationship thrives in many ways, the intertwined nature of both countries’ economies is fascinating: not only are both countries each others’ largest trading partner, but the value of exports from one virtually equals […]
It’s been a while, folks….
…and a whirlwind of activities it has been. Just to name a few of the distractions that came over me: Leading a program for the National Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians that was held in Chicago. Delivering a presentation of “Canadian Architects of the Chicago School 1884 – 1935” to the National Festival […]
The North Avenue Architecture Photo Party
North Avenue, the border between the north side of Oak Park and the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago, is relatively newer than many surrounding neighborhoods. While the buildings along North Avenue post date Frank Lloyd Wright, he golfed here with friends and clients. Many used the area as a place to get away and hide from […]
So your town wants a hotel…
A question that was asked during my presentation of “Canadian Architects of the Chicago School 1884 – 1935” to the Racquet Club of Chicago was about the iconic Canadian railway hotels, and what role they played in the development of Canadian architecture and society during this time period. The question was probably brought about by […]
The Scottish Motor Club – 2010 Calendar of Events
There have been some inquiries regarding the Scottish Motor Club’s Calendar of Events this year. An abbreviated version: Heartland International Tattoo, Sears Center, Hoffman Estates, Illinois Saturday, 10 April, 2010 www.heartlandtattoo.org This event is being in conjunction with members of the British Car Union, Lotus Corps Chicago and the Rolls Royce Owners Club / Lake […]
The Oak Park Architecture Photo Party
Few places anywhere have the sort of architectural tradition found in Oak Park, Illinois. Arguably, Oak Park is the birthplace of the Modern American Residence, and the American Suburb; not to mention architectural figures like Frank Lloyd Wright, George Maher, John van Bergen, William Drummond, Purcell & Elmslie, Tallmadge & Watson…. These days, Oak Park […]
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