About the Benjamin Marshall Society
The Benjamin Marshall Society was founded by Jane and Didier Lepauw in 2002. The Board of Directors are Jane Lepauw, Didier Lepauw, Dorothy Ehrhard (grand-daughter of Benjamin Marshall) Mary Riley, Acting Secretary William McCluskey, and Treasurer Carolyn Selke, great grandaughter of Benjamin Marshall. The members of the Executive Committee are Didier Lepauw, William McCluskey, Mary Riley, Carolyn Selke, Steven Monz, Dawn Felber, Dean Svigos, Janet Chevrud, Brian Kearns, Jennifer McGregor, Kathy Knight, Brandon Womak, and Curtiss Belt . The Honorary Chairman is Richard H. Driehaus. Former Honorary Chairmen are architect Lucien Lagrange and Thomas McMenamin, Chairman of Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, LTD.
The mission of the Benjamin Marshall Society is to educate the public and revive Benjamin Marshall's dialogue on the civic responsibility of the urban architect and the role of architecture, planning, and design in the urban environment and in society as a whole.
So little is known about the architect of Chicago's Drake Hotel and his many other famous iconic public buildings and residential landmarks. They include his creation of East Lake Shore Drive, in addition to the Edgewater Beach Hotel, the South Shore Cultural Center, the Blackstone Hotel, the Blackstone Theater (now the Merle Reskin Theater).
The Benjamin Marshall Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the Society are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.