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John Vinci: Life and Landmarks



John Vinci: Life and Landmarks

John Vinci: Life and Landmarks

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450

28 febb

Please join us as we celebrate the publication of John Vinci: Life and Landmarks, a new illustrated biography from Northwestern University Press by architectural writer Robert Sharoff and architectural photographer William Zbaren.

Acclaimed for his pioneering activism for the cause of historic preservation over the last half century, the Italian American architect John Vinci has restored such important Chicago landmarks as Louis Sullivan’s Stock Exchange Trading Room and the Carson Pirie Scott Building, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home Studio and Robie House and Burnham & Root’s Monadnock Building.

Mr. Vinci is also celebrated for his original work, which fuses the rigor of his early training at the Illinois Institute of Technology with the stylistic brio of the First Chicago School of Architecture and includes such important commissions as the Arts Club of Chicago, the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame and numerous award-winning residential commissions.

Using photos and commentary, Messrs. Sharoff and Zbaren – creators of the popular American City series of architecture books as well as contributors to the New York Times and other publications -- will provide a retrospective look at Mr. Vinci’s life and work followed by remarks by Mr. Vinci. Mr. Vinci will also answer questions from the audience.

Robert Sharoff (writer) and William Zbaren (photographer) are architectural photojournalists who work as a team to cover architecture, construction and real estate for the New York Times, Wallpaper Magazine and other publications. They are the authors of seven books:

John Vinci: Life and Landmarks

On Earth As It Is In Heaven: The Buildings of St. Louis University

Last Is More: Mies, IBM and the Transformation of Chicago

American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design

Lucien Lagrange: The Search For Elegance

American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005

Better Than Perfect: The Making of Chicago’s Millennium Park

Messrs. Sharoff and Zbaren have lectured or had exhibitions devoted to their work at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Landmarks Foundation of Illinois, Fourth Presbyterian Church and the Willis Tower in Chicago; the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis; the Detroit Public Library and the University of Detroit in Detroit; and the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. In support of their work, Messrs. Sharoff and Zbaren have received grants from the Alphawood Foundation, the Clayco Foundation, the Michigan Architectural Foundation, AIA St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Equities Realty and Ameren Missouri.

Robert Sharoff has written about architecture and real estate for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business and Chicago Architect. He has also had staff positions at the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders. Mr. Sharoff has a Masters Degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

William Zbaren’s work has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Town & Country Magazine, Gastronomica Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Architectural Record, Architect and Chicago Architect. He also shoots for a variety of private clients, including Vinci Hamp Architects, Krueck & Sexton Architects, Tigerman McCurry Architects, Smith Group Architects and Lucien Lagrange Architects

Free and open to the public.

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Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: At 6:00 pm

Entrance : Free