Open House Chicago 2022 and Preservation Chicago present In Defense of Peterson’s Midcentury Modern District October 20, 2022

“Join us for a virtual tour of the Peterson Avenue Midcentury Modern District. Preservation Chicago selected the district as one of its 7 Most Endangered Sites in 2022. It is one of the finest collections of Midcentury Modern architecture in Chicago.
“The two-mile-long district came to life during Chicago’s post-WWII years as an attempt by developers to create a commercial corridor that offered cutting-edge modern amenities, enticing businesses to move away from the city’s older central core.
“The district still features many of its original details, including sawtooth rooflines, aluminum signage, and floating staircases, despite years of demolitions and alterations. This presentation will look at how the district came to be, the architects and businesses behind its success, and the urgent need to preserve what’s left.
“Speakers include Max Chavez, Director of Research and Special Projects at Preservation Chicago and Frampton Tolbert, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, buildings, and spaces.
October 20, 2022
6:00 pm
FREE Zoom Virtual Event

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