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.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
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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
Acknowledgements Table of Contents Essay Portfolio Residences 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) Preservation/Restoration 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) Exhibitions Three exhibitions from the Art Institute of Chicago Two exhibitions from the Neue Gallery in New York Appendix 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 Firm Listing Bibliography