Architect John Vinci is acclaimed for his pioneering activism for the cause of historic preservation over a career spanning more than 50 years. Major restoration projects include the reconstruction of Adler & Sullivan’s Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio and Robie House, and Burnham & Root’s Monadnock Building, in addition to his work with Glessner House dating back to its rescue in 1966.
His original work, which reflects his training at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the influence of the first Chicago School of Architecture includes numerous award-winning residential commissions, the Arts Club of Chicago, and the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame.
Vinci is the subject of a stunning new book, John Vinci: Life and Landmarks, by author Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren, published in 2017 by Northwestern University Press. Sharoff and Zbaren will provide a retrospective look at Vinci’s remarkable life and career, and John Vinci will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
This lecture is the inaugural offering of the Wilbert R. Hasbrouck Historic Preservation Lecture Series funded through a generous gift from Paul and Margaret Lurie. Hasbrouck, who passed away in February 2018, was a distinguished preservation architect and one of a small group of individuals who came together to successfully save Glessner House in the 1960s. The Hasbrouck Lecture will be given each year in May, which is National Historic Preservation Month.
John Vinci: Life and Landmarks
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Glessner House Museum
1800 South Prairie Avenue