NADFAS present an illustrated lecture entitled ‘Windy City – The Architecture of Chicago’ by Mike Higginbottom, 6pm at the Cultural Centre in Calle Granada on Tuesday 13th November. Guests and visitors are welcome to attend. Price: Visitors from other NADFAS Societies €5, Guests and visitors €10.

This lecture offers an introduction to the wealth and variety of Chicago’s architecture in and around the Loop central area, north to Graceland Cemetery, west to Oak Park and south to Hyde Park.

Chicago is America’s crossroads, successively the hub of its canal-, rail- and air-transport systems, sited by the shore of Lake Michigan within easy reach of Canada, linking the Atlantic seaboard with the Mississippi basin.It is also the birthplace of much of what is recognisable as American architecture, because after the Great Fire of 1871 necessity brought together the group of designers, architects and engineers now known as the Chicago School, who first perfected the techniques of building high that created the skyscraper, and – fortuitously – it was the location for the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright, the leader if not the pioneer of the Prairie School of architects.

Mike Higginbottom has lectured in social and architectural history for the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Keele, the Workers’ Educational Association and the City of Stoke-on-Trent. He is a NADFAS lecturer and was tutor-guide for the Matlock Travel Society from 1986 to 2008. His history learning programmes include Looking at Country Houses, The Derbyshire Derwent Valley, Fun Palaces: the history and architectur of the entertainment industry, Historic Towns and Cities, Survivals and Revivals.

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