June 14-19, 2018

The 4th annual Chicago Summer School focuses on the American roots of Modernism. After the Great Fire of 1871, progressive architects and patrons propelled the city to the forefront of technological and aesthetic experimentation. Through expert lectures and guided tours, you will survey mid 19th- and early 20th-century architecture, art, design, history, landscape, and preservation. Participants will visit private and public buildings, parks and landscapes with access to some of the era’s most iconic spaces: the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House, Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Building, Burnham & Root’s Rookery Building, Graceland Cemetery, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple and seminal designs in the surrounding Oak Park neighborhood. Additional highlights include Gilded Age mansions on the historic Gold Coast and the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Driehaus Museum. This program is housed downtown in the Loop.

Course Directors: Tina Strauss and John Waters

Possible Lecturers include: Richard Guy Wilson, Terry Tatum, Jennifer Carlquist, Virginia Stewart, Diane Dillon, Anne Sullivan, William Tyre, and John Waters.

Tuition: $2100, which includes expert instruction, lectures, course materials, tours, 7 nights shared dormitory-style accommodation, entrance fees, breakfasts, receptions, and some meals. Please email Anne Mallek, Summer Schools Administrator, at Admin@VSASummerSchools.org, with any additional questions.


How to Apply

Complete the online application and all related materials by March 1. All applications require a $50 application fee. This non-refundable fee can be paid online at VSASummerSchools.org or by mailing a check or money order to the address below. You will also need one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional contact. Letters should include your full name, qualifications, current work, and how you might benefit from the program. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. Successful candidates, including scholarship recipients, must pay a tuition deposit of $350. Deposits are non-refundable and not covered by scholarships.

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Thanks to generous support from the Victorian Society Summer Schools Alumni Association, The Victorian Society Scholarship Fund, VSA chapters, and other organizations and individuals, a limited number of scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Awards are based on merit and financial need. To apply, complete the online scholarship application and all related materials by March 1. A second recommendation letter describing your financial need is also required. This letter should be written by a different author from your general application letter and must describe your specific financial circumstances. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. We also ask for a copy of your 2017 Federal Tax Return.

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