In 1966, a small group of individuals formed the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation to save H. H. Richardson's Glessner House from demolition. That same year, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act and a new historic preservation movement gained traction in cities from coat to coast, including Chicago.
“The historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people . . . the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans” – National Historic Preservation Act, 1966
On Saturday, October 8, 2016 the Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church will present Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement.
To learn more about the event and the scheduled speakers, visit the Glessner House website for information and/or tickets.