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Chicagoland Dream Houses How a Mid-Century Architecture Competition Reimagined the American Home

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Chicagoland Dream Houses How a Mid-Century Architecture Competition Reimagined the American Home
A Presentation by Siobhan Moroney

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Book signing to follow the event

In-person event
At the Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood St, Evanston, IL

Free & Open to All
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About the event:

Sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, the 1945 “Chicagoland Prize Homes” competition solicited designs by mostly unknown architects. The goal: to provide beautiful yet practical houses for returning WWII veterans and middle-class residents of the city and suburbs. Join us for a presentation by Siobhan Moroney as she discusses her recently published book, Chicagoland Dream Houses, which revisits this overlooked chapter in Chicago and architectural history. Organizers conceived the competition to help remedy the postwar housing crisis and it received front-page news coverage and an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. It also had the rare distinction of taking designs from paper to reality, an accomplishment that brought out two hundred thousand people to tour finished homes. Yet the contest ultimately failed in its aim to inspire new home construction and would solve Chicago’s housing shortage. Siobhan Moroney situates the competition in its time both socially and architecturally, analyzing floor plans and other materials to reveal how the designs reflected the expectations of middle-class families and the social norms that dictated their everyday lives and aspirations.

Siobhan Moroney is an associate professor of politics and the chair of American Studies at Lake Forest College.

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April 4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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