Historic Preservation Faculty Make Headlines Around Chicago
Groundbreaking projects from faculty members in the department of Historic Preservation—home to SAIC’s only Master of Science degree program—made headlines around Chicago this fall. On December 29 the Chicago Tribune quoted SAIC Historic Preservation Chair Anne Sullivan, one of a team of experts working to restore a monolithic 102-year-old statue depicting a Native American in Oregon, Illinois. Known variously as Black Hawk, The Eternal Indian, and the Rock River Colossus, the statue is believed to be the second-largest concrete sculpture in the world. "The goal is to give the Indian as long a life as possible," says Sullivan of the 100-ton structure, designed by sculptor Lorado Taft in 1911. "A concrete statue of this magnitude is unique, rare, really special.” The Tribune also spotlights faculty member Vincent Michael in its roundup of the year’s best literary highlights published on December 26. The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe, Vincent’s biography of the Chicago architect and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, “reveals how Byrne carved a path separate from Wright's and sheds light on his interactions with Europe's architectural avant-garde,” says Printers Row Journal contributor Blair Kamin. Historic Preservation faculty member Jim Peters also led a segment on downtown's most historic restaurant signs for WYCC's "In the Loop" news magazine this October. Click to view the clip, which begins at 24:45.