Chicago's Jewish Architects: 1870s to 1970s | Newberry

Chicago's Jewish Architects: 1870s to 1970s

Led by Julia Bachrach
Thursday, August 5, 2021
One session, Thursday, August 5

6 - 8 pm (Central Time)

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Seminar Description

Chicago’s remarkable architectural legacy includes the contributions of many Jewish architects. Some are quite famous while others have long been overlooked. This seminar explores the lives and work of more than a dozen Chicago Jewish architects from the 1870s through the 1970s. Learn about architects like Dankmar Adler and Alfred S. Alschuler and firms such as Oman & Lilienthal and Dubin & Dubin, as well as the forgotten landscape architect, Gertrude Deimul Kuh. Discover the role of Jewish developers in building Chicago.

One session. Registration – $50

Julia Bachrach is a historian and preservationist whose books include The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago's Parks. She presented on Jewish architects to the Chicago Jewish Historical Society in 2018 and has continued her research since then.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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