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Historic Preservation: Resources
Classroom Lab Space
Located across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Historic Preservation department includes a design studio with skylights, a conservation and materials laboratory with lecture space, a resource library, student lounge, and two dedicated lecture spaces, all housed in an enclosed two-floor unit with interior connecting staircase.
Preserved in SAIC alum Roger Brown's (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) former home and studio, RBSC is filled with objects from the far corners of the world of thing-making. The 1888 storefront building is a laboratory where students engage in the care, organization, interpretation and preservation of varied collections.
The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving The Art Institute of Chicago and scholars within the fields of art and architectural history with over 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, 1,200 current serial subscriptions, and extensive digital collections.
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The city of Chicago has a lot to offer.
Since the late 19th century, when the museum collection of the Art Institute was established as a study center for the School of the Art Institute, students have used the museum's vast holdings to inspire and inform their creative and scholarly practices. No other school of art and design can claim such a major museum as part of their campus.
A living laboratory of the study of late 19th- and 20th-century architecture, landscapes, and interiors—the development of the Chicago school of commercial architecture, the flowering of the Prairie style house, the progression of the City Beautiful movement in urban planning.