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90th Anniversary Celebration!
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Past Events 2017
♦our sparkling affair at 999 N. Lake Shore Drive, November 14th, 2017
♦our spectacular Symposium: Mansions in the Sky, November 21st at the Chicago Cultural Center in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017
♦several lectures on book, "Benjamin H. Marshall, Chicago Architect"

A Royal Toast

On the birthday of Charles, Prince of Wales, the Benjamin Marshall Society celebrated the architect's history with Prince Edward and the like.  An evening of passed hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine was topped off w/ cake-cutting, card-signing and a silent auction.

Mansions in the Sky

Symposium: Mansions in the Sky
Chicago Apartments Between The Wars 
At the Chicago Cultural Center

Presented By
Robert Bruegmann

Stuart Cohen
Carroll William Westfall
Neil Harris
Lucien Lagrange

Learn About the History of Chicago Architecture

Benjamin H. Marshall: Chicago Architect was commissioned by the Benjamin Marshall Society in Chicago, Illinois, authored by John Zukowsky and Jean Guarino,  published by Acanthus Press in New York, with photography by Tom Harris of Hedrich-Blessing Photographers. The Society was founded in 2002 to highlight Marshall's architectural legacy.

Sold Out  - Used Copies Available on Amazon

Reviews have been spectacular!

The book has been a stunning success, and copies of Benjamin H. Marshall: Chicago Architect are sold out! Used Copies may still be available at Amazon. Authors John Zukowsky and Jean Guarino have made this monograph a real page-turner and the photos by Tom Harris of Hedrich-Blessing Photographers are stunning.

The Benjamin Marshall Society is on its way to its 15th year in 2017!  We could not have done it without your care and your support.


Born in 1874, Marshall was a practicing architect at the start of the 20th century and into the 1930s. He traveled the world, even visiting China and Japan. Marshall embraced a diverse range of cultures, which is reflected in the many iconic buildings he designed in Chicago, including his studio/home (since demolished) overlooking Lake Michigan. They include his creation of East Lake Shore Drive, the Blackstone Hotel, which hosted political conventions in its "smoke-filled rooms," the Drake Hotel, and the Edgewater Beach Hotel, where many Big Bands, film and theater artists of the 1920s performed. He also was a force majeure of the development of Streeterville and the Gold Coast in Chicago. The area, which at the time was a landfill, was transformed from marshland into the most luxurious real estate in Chicago.

The Benjamin Marshall Society celebrated the publication of Benjamin H. Marshall: Chicago Architect at an event at the Drake Hotel on May 15, 2016. This is the first book ever written about Marshall, filling a void in the cultural and architectural history of Chicago. This book is reviving the memory, legacy, and work of this most influential American architect.

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