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.

Links to Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Just a reminder that your key link to updates on SBCS 2017 Convention in Chicago is this SBCS website.

1933 Chicago Worlds Fair Keys (8.5 and 10 Inches in length). Labeled buildings pictured include: Travel and Transport, Hall of Science, Fort Dearborn, Lindberg Beacon, Sears, General Motors, Federal and States Building.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME: Architectural souvenirs from the 17th-19th century are being showcased, courtesy of the Piraneseum Collection,  from January 21 – August 13, 2017 in the International Terminal Main Departures Hall of San Francisco International Airport.  The following links take you to the SFO exhibition posting, and to an article in Travel and Tour World.

All Roads Lead To Rome: 17th-19th Century Architectural Souvenirs

Travel and Tour World: SFO January 19, 2017

KLM Delftware Miniature Buildings:  If you have any of the Delftware Houses in your collection, you will probably enjoy this February 2017  blog post on the KLM website.

KLM Collectible Delftware Houses

Frank Lloyd Wright Retrospectives: There are a number of exhibits and articles regarding the 150th anniversary of FLW’s birth.  The International Cryptozoology Museum is planning a mini-exhibit in June 2017.  MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, in NYC is mounting an exhibit which will run from June 12 to October 1, 2017.

International Cryptozoology Museum Blog

ARCHITECT MAGAZINE

Models of Historic and Modern Mosques: In its Architecture Gallery, The Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has an extensive model collection of mosques throughout the world

Architecture Gallery Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia

 

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.

TIME for Renewal!

There are lots of reasons to renew (or start) your Souvenir Building Collectors Society membership.

  • Sharing your passion for small edifices with others of like mind.

  • Receiving the Souvenir Building Collector, The Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society, 3 times per year.

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  • Access to the Members Only Section of the SBCSociety website with its collection of reference materials that include Volumes 1 to 23 of the SBCS Journal and Lance Oldham’s Banthrico Buildings Then & Now.

  • Access to the Members Only Section of the SBCSociety website pages with buildings for exchange or sale and a wanted list.

  • THE ANNUAL CONVENTION! Three days of exceptional tours, friendships, and trading!

Individual Memberships are USD $35.00 ($40.00 Foreign). Family/Household Memberships are USD $70.00 ($80.00 Foreign).  Click here to reach the Membership Page.

SBCS 2016 Los Angeles Convention Memories

 

The 2016 Souvenir Building Collectors Society Convention in Los Angeles is history. Yet no one who attended will forget the camaraderie, the tours, the member exhibits, the swaps, sales, raffle and auction action. The 2016 Convention Commemorative, made by InFocus Tech, of Hollyhock House will keep the memories bright.

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Besides the Commemorative Souvenir Building of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, a handout listing souvenir buildings and monuments in the LA area was distributed. Click here to download a pdf of the listings.

The 2017 Convention will be held in Chicago in October. Planning is underway and updates will be posted on this website on the 2017 Convention page. Keep watching.

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.