Join Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society for a lecture and book signing with Stuart Cohen, author of the new book Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect. Cohen offers a new look at one of the best-known designers of the early 20th century whose name was largely forgotten on a national level after his untimely death. Cohen, like Van Doren Shaw, a noted Chicago-based architect, tells the story of the man who built homes for the leading industrialists of his era – Reuben H. Donnelly of printing fame, newspaper giant Joseph Medill Patterson, Edward Forster Swift, the meatpacking mogul, and Bertram G. Work, president of the B.F. Goodrich Company – hoping to bring his work back into the public eye.
Inventing the New American House features many previously unpublished images from the Shaw Archive in the Burnham and Ryerson Library at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum. It contains rare construction drawings, new color photography and a catalogue of Shaw’s residential work. The text details the lives of the prominent homeowners and interesting facts about their business dealings, providing an historical glimpse into the era.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Register online, or call 847.234.5253.