30 March 2010

Augustus Higginson on
The Rise of the Skyscraper in Chicago
Tuesday, March 30, 5:30-8:30pm
19 South Wabash, 2d floor

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion and more cocktails.     $40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches. 
Reservations are required.

Chicago was the birthplace of the skyscraper.  The product of advances in technology, soaring land values, and raw American ingenuity, this brand new building type soared ever upward at the hands of brilliant young architects, including William Le Baron Jenney, Daniel Burnham, John Root, Dankmar Adler, Louis Sullivan, and others. Such wonders were these structures that tourists actually came from destinations both near and far to see them. Yet they had their detractors also, not only architecture critics of the time, but social reformers, who saw them as symbols of robber baron capitalism gone amok...  Augustus Higginson, who regularly lectures for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, will lead a slide-show and discussion of the history of the skyscraper and its special meaning for Chicago.

Augustus Higginson is a local artist, architectural historian, and Cigar Society member. Born and raised in Southern California, he earned a BA at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Art History, and an MA in Architectural History from the University of California at Davis. Over the last four years Gus has made his home in Chicago, bringing together his passion for architecture both in teaching and in his unique canvases.  Here he is pictured in his Lake View Studio.


Coming up

Tuesday, April 13
Lee Allison, President of the Lee Allison Company, will talk about gentlemen's style.

Tuesday, April 27
Bill Daley, food and wine critic for the Chicago Tribune, will lead a wine and cigar tasting.

Tuesday, May 11
Mark Warden, past president of Daley College, will talk about the history of two-year colleges in America.



About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at CigarSociety@logicophilosophicus.org.