CHICAGO 2017: You can “Bank on It!”, August 25 – 27

2nd Ward Savings Bank, Chicago, IL (Rehberger)

Souvenir Building Collectors’ collections focus on souvenir or miniature buildings. However, many of these small treasures are also utilitarian – banks, bookends, tape measures, ink wells, paper weights, salt and pepper shakers – therefore the SBCSociety has a number of cross-collecting members.

On Saturday, August 26, during the 2017 SBCS Convention at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown, many different varieties of souvenir building will be up for sale through the SWAP MEET or AUCTION or RAFFLE.

These are some of the banks from the Kneisel Collection that will be available in the various venues.

SBCS Chicago 2017: Places to Go, Sights to See!

Peripatic traveller and souvenir building enthusiast, David Savanyu, reminds us that there are lots of interesting things to see and do around Chicago this August. Filling the days surrounding the SBCS Convention is easy.  Given the various Frank Lloyd Wright special exhibits (150th Birthday anniversary) around the country this year those exhibits near Chicago for this mighty midwesterner are appealing.  The SBCS Convention has a scheduled 4-hour Frank Lloyd Wright tour visiting sites in Illinois from downtown Chicago to Oak Park.  David also recommends sites in  the neighboring state of Wisconsin, all within driving distance and some with free reservations.

Johnson Wax Building and Wingspread, Racine, WI

Taliesin East, Spring Green, WI

Monona Terrace, Madison, WI

SBCS Member paying homage to Frank Lloyd Wright statue at Florida Southern College. Lakeland, FL. 2015.

David also suggests visiting Farnsworth House  (Mies van der Rohe, German/American architect), in Plano, IL

If you collect miniature buildings – not for the architects – but for what they hold or represent – here are some other sites to check out during your Chicago visit as represented by  Kneisel Collection pieces that will be available at the Convention – Shop & Swap, Raffle, or Auction.

 

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Field Museum Souvenir Building

Field Museum (marvelous ethnographic collections)

 

Museum of Science and Industry Souvenir Building

Museum of Science and Industry (Robots are in this summer)

 

Shedd Aquarium Souvenir Building

Shedd Aquarium (Jazz program or Amphibian Exhibit)

 

Adler Planetarium Souvenir Building

Adler Planetarium (the night sky over Chicago in 1913 at the historic Atwood Sphere):

 

Picasso Sculpture miniature replica

Picasso Sculpture (the no-name sculpture in big-name Daley Plaza):

SBCS August Convention Update from Mark

Last weekend Amy and I went to Chicago to check out the hotel, nail down the tours, and have some great Chicago fun. We were knocked out by how beautiful and luxurious our convention hotel is.
When they say “newly renovated”, they are not kidding.
Sitting in the “cafe” end of the lobby where we’ll be eating breakfast together, we marvelled at the fabulous view of Chicago skyline. Step outside and you’re in the midst of the North Loop, surrounded by beautiful buildings and fabulous restaurants… a short walk from the river where we’ll start Saturday’s architectural boat tour.

We racked up the steps as we explored the city yet again.
In the Hyde Park area, on the South Side, we visited the Museum of Science and Industry and ate at Valois, a huge cafeteria and one of Obama’s favorites.
In North Chicago we went to two antique malls on N. Broadway and walked away with some beautiful finds, including a 9″ lead Havoline Tower and a handful of Banthrico banks. I was amazed at the number of buildings we saw in only two small malls. We’re pretty excited about the Randolph St. Market.

There are about 60 days left before our Chicago Convention.  Please fill out the registration form and get it in the mail. Registration Fees increase on July 10.  July 31 is the cut-off date for Our SBCS Member Special rates at the Hilton Homewood Suites, Chicago.  Book your room now through the link on the Convention Registration Form.

More details to come.  Prizes, Awards, party game….. SEE YOU IN CHICAGO!

SBCS 2017 CONVENTION: Building toward Chicago

The plans are coming together for the 2017 Convention of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society to be held in Chicago, IL on August 25-26-27. Click here for Mark and Mike’s update letter.

Here is the general outline of the three days.

Friday, August 25:

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Saturday: August 26:

  • EARlY AM: Chicago River Cruise – 50+ iconic Chicago buildings on view.
  • LATE AM: SBCS Business Meeting and Swap Meet (convention hotel). Some of the buildings from Bob Kneisel’s bequest to the Society will be available in the Swap Meet and others in the evening’s auction.
  • EVENING: Saturday Night Banquet (off-site venue) Raffle, Auction and Merriment!

Sunday: August 27:

  • Stay Tuned

SBCS 2017 Convention Hotel: A Suite Deal

2017 SBCS Convention City – Chicago

HOTEL BOOKING INFORMATION

In 1999 the SBCS convention was in Chicago. We paid $154.00 per night at the convention hotel. In 2017, eighteen years later, we have negotiated a rate at a suites hotel in the shadow of the Wrigley Building, for a mere $174 per night.

Our hotel in Chicago is the newly renovated Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown, at 40 East Grand Ave. All rooms are 340 sq. ft. suites with separate living and sleeping areas, two 27-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, a galley kitchen, King Beds, free WIFI, and free hot full breakfast & complimentary evening social Monday through Thursday.

When we book the Convention Hotel we promise to take a fixed number of room nights. When we all stay at the Convention Hotel we maximize the time we have to visit and socialize. This is why it is so important to all stay at the same place. If we don’t meet the promised room nights, SBCS has to pay the difference. So, lets all commit to stay at the Convention Hotel and get the most out of every moment of the short span of time we get to spend with each other every year.

Like NYC, parking in downtown Chicago is not cheap. We are researching some alternatives.

Souvenir Building Collectors Society members can book their hotel rooms starting April 1.        

 Click here for the members-only information and hotel link.

 

Souvenir Building Collectors to Meet Aug 25 – 27, 2017 in Chicago

 

 

Our hotel in Chicago is in the shadow of the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Buildings, an easy walk to Michigan Ave. and the Navy Pier, just across the river from the Loop, Millennium Park (the Bean), the Chicago Art Institute, and all the other wonderful buildings and museums and galleries and stores.

Tell your friends, spread the news, Chicago 2017 is going to be an exciting time.
We want to bring new faces to the convention this year. Reach out to any collectors you know or run into. Recruit them as members and first-time conventioneers at SBCS 2017 – Chicago!

WATCH FOR YOUR APRIL EDITION of The Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society for further details.

GETTING READY FOR CHICAGO

QUICK REMINDER: SBCS annual dues are due! Password to Members Only section changes on February 2, 2017. If you are not current on dues you will not receive the updated password.

The 2017 Souvenir Building Collectors Society convention team is working hard to finalize dates and venue. As we await the announcement, let’s start pulling together a list of Chicago area souvenir buildings.  If there are Chicago area miniature buildings in your collection that you want to be sure are listed, you can use the form at the bottom of this post to give us a “heads up.”  Check out the printable pdf that was produced for the 2016 Los Angeles Convention.

Fine Arts Building, 1893 World's Columbian Fair, Chicago

Fine Arts Building, 1893 World’s Columbian Fair, Chicago. Photo from Photo Album produced for the Fair.

In 1893 Chicago, IL hosted the World’s Columbian Fair. There are few surviving buildings from this Columbian Exposition. One is the pictured, Palace of Fine Arts, which is now Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Click here to visit the Building Collector’s post with a picture of an early souvenir building of the museum.  The same miniature is found in Monumental Miniatures, Souvenir Buildings From the Collection Of Ace Architects, Fig. 62, pg. 30.  Do you have a miniature building of the Palace of Fine Arts or any of it’s reincarnations – Field Columbian Museum or Museum of Science and Industry?

One other surviving building from the 1893 World’s Columbian Fair is still in Chicago. It is the World’s Congress Building, which was built by the City of Chicago in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago. Following the exhibition it became the Art Institute of Chicago.

A  few buildings from the exposition were dispersed to other locations, and there may be miniature examples out there, somewhere, in someone’s collection. They are: Norway Pavilion, a creation of a wooden stave church, that has had a peripatetic life and is apparently now being reassembled Orkdal, Norway; Maine State Building, now in Poland Springs, ME; and Dutch House, Brookline, Massachusetts.

 

Remembering Christmases Past

SBCS 2016 Holiday Card reminder to renew your membership.

SBCS 2016 Holiday Card reminder to renew your membership. Courtesy of Carolyn Curtis, Membership Chairman.

In past Holiday Seasons, before so many gift selections went online, we all got lots of gift catalogs. The bounty of items found in those catalogs was detailed by Dixie Trainer, the first editor of SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTOR, in the 2003 Winter Issue. She recommended checking out AND even saving for later perusal catalogs that held pictures of a variety of small and unique buildings. To quote Dixie, “…. souvenir buildings light up, scale down, serve drinks, lie on the floor, play music, organize your books and challenge the mind.” Click here to be taken to the full article from 2003. And enjoy a trip to Christmas Past.

Take Advantage of the SBCS Website

The SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTORS SOCIETY website has lots of useful features. It is divided into a PUBLIC section (anyone can visit and view) and a MEMBERS ONLY section (for members of the SBCS).

The PUBLIC section TABS include:

  • HOME: The home page is SBCS’ face to the public. Here is where updates on activities, interesting programs, articles, stories from members are posted intermittently. If you want to stay current with SBCS programs, over to the right is a spot where you can register to receive an email when a new post goes up. Good way to stay abreast of convention plans. In that same right column there is a search field for the public areas of the website, as well as a listing of recent posts and a listing of categories. All of these can make a search a little easier.
  • ABOUT SBCS: A HISTORY of the organization which begins in 1995; IN THE MEDIA – listings with links to articles and videos in local and national publications about Souvenir Buildings and their collectors; PAST CONVENTIONS – summary of locales and the commemorative souvenir.
  • 2017 CONVENTION: Updates on the upcoming annual Convention.
  • MEMBERSHIP: List of SBCS membership benefits and link to membership application and payment.
Advertising a Souvenir Building Auction

Advertising a Souvenir Building Auction

  • SALES: There are two links under this tab, one for COMMERCIAL sales by sellers who are members of SBCS – link to the member’s commercial site can be provided, the second is for INDIVIDUAL members who would like to offer some of their collection publicly. In both instances the transaction is between the buyer and seller – SBCS only provides the means of contact. Take a look and see if you would like to take advantage of this member benefit. In the past there have been a couple of offers in the individual section.
  • CONTACT US: This tab allows you to send an email message to the site, which is reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate person. It also is a conduit for questions about souvenir buildings.
  • LINKS: There are number of links to other sites that can be used for networking, browsing, and research. You can link to the Souvenir Building Collectors’ Facebook page (a closed group – but open to accepting new friends – SBCS membership not required), The Building Collector blog, National Building Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Still Bank Collectors, etc.

 

 

The MEMBERS ONLY section (TAB) includes access to:

  • BANTHRICO BUILDINGS THEN & NOW (downloadable pdf) by Lance Oldham
  • Building Exchange / Sales: member to member, also has a Wanted page
  • Convention Photos taken by members over a number of years

Post_Newsletter

  • SBCS Newletter: Listing of back issues with links to each (downloadable pdf); Updated Indexes of Articles & Features, Authors, and Topics.
  • Officers: Listing of present Society Officers.

 

Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Here’s a photo of a vintage Navy Pier souvenir building as  A REMINDER THAT WE MEET IN THE FALL OF 2017 IN CHICAGO!

SBCS Convention Dreaming: Los Angeles June 10-12, 2016

The annual SBCS convention gives everyone a chance to share some of their favorite Souvenir Buildings with others who collect. Here are some buildings and monuments you are likely to see at the 2016 Los Angeles gathering, June 10 -12.

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This year at the Friday “Meet and Greet” everyone is asked to wear a Hawaiian Shirt and a Hat, in honor of Bob Kneisel, who always appeared dressed and ready for a vacation in the 50th State. In 20 years, Bob never missed a Convention. We will miss him.

Relaxing at the SBCS "Meet and Greet"

Relaxing at the SBCS “Meet and Greet”

A reminder of the SBCS Convention Schedule:

June 10, Friday:
Hollyhock House Tour (afternoon)
Meet and Greet (evening)

June 11, Saturday:
Business Meeting and Swap Meet (morning)
Tour to L.A. Downtown Art Deco District (afternoon)
Dinner / Raffle / Auction (evening)

June 12, Sunday
Rose Bowl Flea Market followed by a visit to a local collector.

If you haven’t yet registered for the convention there is still time. Click here for the details.