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Wednesday, April 6 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
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Modern in the Middle co-authors Susan Benjamin and Michelangelo Sabatino will present their research and talk about the discoveries surrounding their award-winning 2020 publication, now in its second printing from Monacelli Press. Susan draws on a decades-long career in historic preservation, having written dozens of landmark nominations for Chicago-area buildings. Michelangelo frames his discussion from numerous international research projects, his position at IIT's school of architecture and the restoration of his modernist home in the Chicago suburb of Riverside.

Modern in the Middle uncovers the special and unique role Chicago (in the "middle" of America) played in the development of the Modern House. Although locals Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe were the giants in the room, there were relatively-unknown talents whose stunning work is revealed through gorgeous Hedrich Blessing photos throughout the book. Stories about their clients (who were largely "middle" class) and the architect-client relationships are equally compelling. The authors' passion for their subject is clearly felt from beginning to end of this fascinating read.


The organizers of this event are working with a local bookseller to sign and sell copies on site.

Sponsored by Northwestern University Libraries

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Susan Benjamin

Architectural Historian Susan Benjamin, who studied under William Jordy, received her BA in Art history from Brown University and an MA from the University of Minnesota. She is head of Benjamin Historic Certifications, a firm specializing in historic preservation. In that capacity... Read More →
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Michelangelo Sabatino

Michelangelo Sabatino is an architectural historian, curator, and preservationist whose research and writing focuses primarily on modern architecture and the built environment. He is Professor of Architectural History and Cultural Heritage at IIT’s College of Architecture where... Read More →

Wednesday April 6, 2022 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Hyatt Regency Chicago Water Tower Room