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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, she writes National Register nominations, Historic American Buildings Survey documentation and works with clients to receive tax incentives for rehabbing historic buildings. Three of her firm’s projects have won the coveted Driehaus Award. Co-authored with Michelangelo Sabatino, her most recent book Modern in the Middle, Chicago Houses, 1929-1975 published by Monacelli Press in September, 2020 won a national DOCOMOMO award of excellence in 2021. She is co-author with architect Stuart Cohen of: Great Houses of Chicago 1871-1921 and North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890-1940 (Acanthus Press, 2008, 2004).