John Vinci: Life and Landmarks

John Vinci: Life and Landmarks

by Robert Sharoff, William Zbaren


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John Vinci: Life and Landmarks is the first authoritative survey of the life and work of one of Chicago’s most acclaimed architects and preservationists. Long awaited by scholars as well as by architecture aficionados, John Vinci provides an intimate look at an architect whose portfolio spans half a century and includes the restoration of some of the city’s most important historic structures as well as numerous award-winning original projects.

This illustrated biography traces Vinci’s origins as a child of Italian immigrants on Chicago’s South Side and his coming of age at the Illinois Institute of Technology, which was then under the direction of the legendary Modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It follows his career through his subsequent immersion in the historic preservation movement and the work of such early Chicago architects as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and John Wellborn Root.

Vinci’s pioneering restoration projects include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Home Studio, Sullivan’s Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room and the Carson Pirie Scott Building, and Root’s Monadnock Building. His original work, meanwhile, includes notable buildings such as the Arts Club of Chicago, numerous award-winning residences, and more than fifty major exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums.

John Vinci: Life and Landmarks also features portraits and profiles of Vinci’s friends and mentors over the years, including the architectural photographer Richard Nickel, the landscape designer Alfred Caldwell, the Art Institute curators James Speyer and Anne Rorimer, the architects Crombie Taylor and Myron Goldsmith, and the City of Chicago’s cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

The book includes new photos of twenty projects by noted architectural photographer William Zbaren as well as more than one hundred vintage photos and floorplans from Vinci’s personal archives, many never before published. A comprehensive catalogue raisonné rounds out this handsome and definitive work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810136656
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,035,821
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 13.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

ROBERT SHAROFF writes about architecture and real estate for the New York Times, Chicago Magazine, and other publications.

WILLIAM ZBAREN is an architectural photographer for the New York Times, Architectural Record, and other publications. He has collaborated with Robert Sharoff on six books, including Last Is More: Mies, IBM, and the Transformation of Chicago; American City: St. Louis Architecture, Three Centuries of Classic Design; and American City: Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Freeark House (1975)
Harris Apartment (1988)
Hillberry House (1988)
Manilow House (1991)
Molner Apartment (Chicago) (1992)
Wetsman House (1994)
Davis House (2001)
Molner Apartment (Aspen) (2009)
Crab Tree Farms
Bridge & pavilion (1996)
Guest House (2010)
Zell Apartment (2013)
Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room (Louis Sullivan) 1977
Carson Pirie Scott (Louis Sullivan) 1980
Scoville Square (Eben Ezra Roberts) 1982
Frank Lloyd Wright Studio (1985)
Monadnock Building (Burnham & Root) 1985
Lake Shore Country Club (Howard van Doren Shaw) 1987
Tribune Tower Lobby (Howells & Hood) 1988
Graham Chapel ( Cope & Stewardson) 1999
Beachy House (Frank Lloyd Wright) 2004
Cultural Institutions
Art Institute of Chicago
Entrance Lobby (1987)
Stairwell (1987)
Urns (1988)
Ryerson Library (1994)
Impressionist Galleries (2008)
Arts Club of Chicago (1997)
Italian Sports Hall (2002)
Oriental Institute (2005)
Three exhibitions from the Art Institute of Chicago
Two exhibitions from the Neue Gallery in New York
From The New Criterion: The Obama Library Double Parks
From Chicago Architect: Jackin’ the Box
From The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan: Sullivan Alone
Catalog Raisonne
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