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Last year, an astonishing architectural discovery occurred at the Illinois Institute of Technology—remnants of a World’s Fair-era building were found under Crown Hall. Hear about Bronzeville’s lost past and how IIT is trying to recapture some of it.

$12 public (includes CAC admission)
Free for CAC members*
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s vision for the IIT campus traded old Bronzeville for a stunning collection of Modern buildings. But among the lost local heritage was the spectacular and culturally-rich Mecca Flats. Hear about a recent excavation beneath Crown Hall that turned up pieces of the demolished apartment building, and the ways in which IIT as an institution is reflecting on its past, present and future in Bronzeville. Michelangelo Sabatino, dean of IIT’s College of Architecture, will shine a light on the architectural riches and shared legacy of the school and neighborhood.

Program Speaker: Michelangelo Sabatino

Michelangelo Sabatino

Michelangelo Sabatino is an architect, preservationist and historian whose research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology and design in the built and natural environment. His current project includes looking at transnational forces that have shaped the architecture, infrastructure and landscape of the Americas over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. At the Illinois Institute of Technology Sabatino formerly served as director of the doctoral program and in 2017 was appointed Dean for the College of Architecture. He holds The Rowe Family College of Architecture Endowed Chair and is also the inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow.

AIA/CES credit: 1 LU

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