Lake Forest Preservation Foundation Hosts Renowned Architect John Vinci at Gorton Community Center
Lake Forest Preservation Foundation is thrilled to host acclaimed Chicago architect and preservationist John Vinci on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. to discuss a new book written about him, John Vinci: Life and Landmarks in the Stuart Community Room at Gorton Center. There will be a brief question and answer period following Vinci’s presentation, along with light refreshments. Admission is free but reservations are appreciated and can be made below or by calling 847-234-1230
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 and suburbs most important historic structures as well as numerous award-winning original projects.
John Vinci's pioneering restoration work includes extensive projects with iconic Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes, the Robie House in Chicago, the Dana Thomas House in Springfield, and Wrights own Home and Studio in Oak Park. Restoring works of another Chicago icon, Louis Sullivan, played a key role in Vinci's career. Vinci's firm restored the Carson Pirie Scott Building on Michigan Avenue and he personally saved many Sullivan architectural elements at both the Chicago Stock Exchange (1972) and Garrick Theater (1961) before their demolition. Locally, his firm did the first major renovation to Market Square in the mid 1980's, also he worked on the David Adler designed Hamill Tower on Mayflower Road.
His original work, includes notable buildings such as The Arts Club of Chicago, and The Summer House at Crab Tree Farm. Vinci has been been given numerous awards for his residential work and has also designed more than 50 exhibitions for museums around the world.