Chicago Tribune Features SAIC Class Project for Library of Congress
The Chicago Tribune surveyed a class project by SAIC students in the department of Historic Preservation on October 22. Over 12 years ago students led by Adjunct Professor Charles Pipal began sketching elements of George Washington Maher’s Pleasant Home in Oak Park. Drawings of the home were compiled in the Historic American Buildings Survey at the Library of Congress, but remained largely unfinished. Now, more than a decade later, Pipal and his current students plan to finish the task. “The information we submitted was incomplete,” explains Pipal. “The types of drawings (this year) will be illustrative and not rudimentary." Over the next four weeks, students will visit the historic home to complete sketches of the interior and exterior structure. "For us, this is a great opportunity to touch a historic building," he says.