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Discover the stories behind two Frank Lloyd Wright gems in north suburban Glencoe: Booth Cottage and Ravine Bluffs, a collection of homes that showcase Wright’s interest in community planning.

$8 public (includes CAC admission)
Free for CAC members
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

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Earlier this year, the 107-year-old Booth Cottage was moved to a new location on Glencoe Park District property. Hear about this historic home and continued efforts to preserve it. In addition, discover the stories behind a group of Wright-designed homes that are clustered together in the Ravine Bluffs neighborhood.

This talk with the co-president of the Glencoe Historical Society and a longtime Ravine Bluffs resident will examine the origins of all these homes, their designs and why are they remain architecturally significant today.


Ciera Karen Ettelson

Karen Ettelson is an attorney and Co-President of the Glencoe Historical Society (GHS). She is an active member of the GHS Booth Cottage Committee and served as counsel for GHS in connection with the relocation and preservation of the Cottage. In addition, Karen did extensive research on Wright's work in the community and helped plan the Ravine Bluffs centennial celebration in 2015 as a member of the GHS Wright in Glencoe Committee. The celebration won GHS the 2016 Albert B. Corey Award from the American Association of State and Local History and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Wright Spirit Award.


Peter Van Vechten

Peter Van Vechten is a native of Wisconsin who became interested in Frank Lloyd Wright at an early age. Family road trips around the state, especially to Racine and Spring Green, helped inspire him to become an architect. Now retired, he was a Design Director and Studio Head at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he worked on a variety of projects around the world. His projects and drawings have appeared in a variety of publications and have received numerous awards. He is a past president of the Glencoe Historical Society. Currently, he is the Chair of the Glencoe Preservation Commission, a member of the Glencoe Plan Commission, a resident of Ravine Bluffs, and an aspiring ceramic artist.

AIA/CES credit: 1 LU