Do We Dare Squander will examine the role of historic preservation in
Chicago by featuring stories of individuals and grassroots groups whose
efforts are central to the construction of the city and its identity.
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The exhibition and accompanying programs will focus on
preservationists’ motivations—and evaluate the consequences of their
A new, free exhibition, runs February 7 through May 9 at the
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue. A protest sign
carried by photographer and preservationist Richard Nickel inspired the
Nickel’s 1960 fight to save Adler & Sullivan’s Garrick Theater
sparked the modern preservation movement. The exhibition focuses on
three motivations behind the desire to preserve the built environment:
to celebrate design, to foster identity, and to revitalize city life.
“This exhibition asks why people want to preserve their communities. By
choosing which buildings and places to save, preservationists help
define Chicago’s appearance, image, and history,” said Gregory Dreicer,
Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs. Do We Dare Squander
Chicago’s Great Architectural Heritage? examines the role of historic
preservation in the construction of Chicago and its identity. It
features the stories of individuals and grassroots groups who have
undertaken preservation efforts and evaluates the results of their
actions. CAF is presenting programs, which are open to the public, to
complement the exhibition.