Tour Chicago’s Curved Shapes in the Skyline

December 10, 2010
Picture of Bertrand Goldberg behind models of Marina Towers.

Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg.

Ever hear the name Bertrand Goldberg?

If you are a fan of rounded Chicago architecture, I’ll bet you have.

Bertrand Goldberg (1913-1997) was a native Chicagoan who “broke the box” and brought new ideas to mid-century Modern architecture as a round-building architect.

To honor his philosophies, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting a bus tour on Saturday entitled, Architecture In The Round: The Life and Work of Bertrand Goldberg.

Goldberg, a student of Mies van der Rohe, began experimenting early in his career with new materials and shapes and broke away from his teacher’s rectangular vision to add a curve to his designs.

Marina Towers

The Marina Towers project was the crowning achievement of Goldberg's career.

The three-hour trip will include visits to these Goldberg masterpieces:

*The Raymond Hilliard Homes

*Marina City

*River City

The tour will go inside Marina City and River City so participants can see why they are still regarded as some of Chicago’s most beloved modern icons.

The bus will also travel to Prentice Hospital, where a preservation effort is in effect for the Chicago structure that Goldberg designed in 1974.

Reservations are strongly recommended for the tour as space is limited, so sign up now.

What: Architecture in the Round: Bertrand Goldberg

When: Saturday, December 11; 12:30 p.m.

Where: Meet at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Cost: Non-members, $38; CAF members, $33; Students, $33

Reserve: CAF and Doconomo members can reserve their tickets by calling the member reservation desk at (312) 322-1130. Non-members should register at Walk-ins are welcome if spaces are available.

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