CHICAGO 2017: Countdown and Parking!

SBCS members from across the land and around the world are packing, planning, and heading to Chicago. By car, van, SUV… by planes small and large, it is the Gathering of the Clan.

***********WE ARE ON OUR WAY! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of the Windy City had a joint press conference this morning , and their message was simple. “Citizens of Chicago, bring out your little buildings and monuments, the SBCS is coming to town!” ………..OK, maybe I’m making that up. I might be a little excited!

Michael and I have been finalizing… emailing, writing, phoning, initialing, signing, printing, photocopying. Checking our lists. Making new lists.

In less than a week we will all come together to celebrate our obsessions.
How great is that?

When you get there…

Look for the SBCS signage after you check in.
Come and see us at Registration – Pick up your Convention Package.

REGISTRATION

Have breakfast every morning in the lobby.
Enjoy coffee with the gang! Buy Raffle tickets.

Thursday night – Early Bird pizza night!

Friday morning – Frank Lloyd Wright time. An early morning bus tour.

Friday night – Reception at the hotel.
Schmoozing, socializing, Show & Tell. Buy Raffle tickets.

Saturday – Early morning Architectural River Cruise. Buy Raffle tickets.
Then it’s…the Business meeting, then the SWAP MEET!

Buy more Raffle tickets.

Saturday nightBanquetAuctionRaffle (Did I mention the tickets?)

Sunday morning – A walking tour in the Loop.
And don’t forget the Randolph St. Antique Market.

SEE YOU IN CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But where do we Park?

In less than 100 hours – very early on Wednesday morning – two cars will pull out on the road – one from Nashville and one from Toronto. Both cars will head towards Chicago, Illinois. Other cars from other places are heading there as we speak. And what happens when we all reach Chicago? Where will we park?

Parking in Chicago is a thing.

At the Homewood Suites, Valet Parking with In & Out privileges is $59 a night. That’s somewhere between the best deal in town and Ouch!!

Next door to the Hotel, at the Grand Plaza parking lot, it’s $45 for 24 hours, with no In & Out.

Then there are crowd-sourced APP’s that you can download – like SpotHero and ParkWhiz.
They will tell you where you can park and for how much. It won’t be at the hotel, and probably nowhere near the hotel, but it will be cheaper.
Cab or Uber it back to the hotel.

Keep Smiling – Use transit
Have a great Convention!
Michael Emrick & Mark Fine

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 CHICAGO 2017: Early Registration Deadline July 10!

2017 SBCS Convention City – Chicago

Chicago 2017 – 52 Days and Counting!
I hope you’re as excited as we are about the Convention. Our Canadian members just celebrated Canada Day July 1, and it’s July 4th for most of the rest of us… our apologies to The Netherlands! August 25th will be here before you know it, and we will be in Chicago, the windy city.
Ya know, Windy City is not about the breeze coming off Lake Michigan. It’s what New Yorkers thought about the non-stop speaking of the Chicago delegation in NYC who were determined to convince the World’s Fair Committee that they were the right city to celebrate the Columbian Exposition. They didn’t stop talking until they won that honor, earning them the nickname Windy City, and creating the White City in 1893.

 

 

History of Chicago & Sunday Walking Tour
Chicago native Joan Kane will be at the convention this year. At our Friday night reception Joan will deliver a short talk about the History of Chicago.
On Sunday Joan will lead an early-morning walking tour along Dearborn St. where we will see an architectural history of Chicago, from old to new!
FUN FACT – Grant Park is built on cinders of the 1871 Great Fire of Chicago.

Registration: Early Registration Deadline is July 10!
Fellow SBCS’ers. It’s time to register. In fact, let’s sweeten the pot.
If you have your registration and payment in to Katharine by July 10, not only will you skip the late fee, we will enter all of your names into a draw for one of three Early Bird Prizes! Yes… Prizes! We like that.

The Frank Lloyd Wright bus tour is going to be amazing. No other way to describe it. Three hours of FLW – what else could you ask for? To book this private bus tour we had to promise a minimum of 25 bums in seats, so be sure to sign up for a seat on this fabulous FLW adventure.

Saturday’s Swap and Shop
This past week, the Bob Kneisel Collection Committee sent Michael and I a list of all the Kneisel buildings and monuments that are going to be in Chicago for the Swap Meet and the Auction. Yow! We want them all. Be sure you are in the room when these are unleashed. Here are a few examples.

 

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Pizza Night
For all of you who are arriving before Friday, Michael Emrick will be organizing a Thursday Pizza Night. More time to schmooze. Stay tuned for details.

Registration… Registration ….REGISTRATION!
We are looking forward to a flood of registrations this next week or so.
Please fill out your registration form and send it to Katharine.
Click here to access the Registration Form

Book your room now:  Click here for the Homewood Suites SBCS Member Reservations.             Our block of rooms is almost booked up.
We may be able to add a few rooms, but we’d have to do that soon.
Please book as soon as possible to get SBCS’ amazing rate.   The Homewood Suites are just 350 feet from the GRAND/STATE  STREET Red Line Station and easy connections from the airports and to the famous LOOP.

The Loop

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See you in Chicago…
Mark Fine & Michael Emrick

SBCS 2017: August Convention in Chicago

It’s time to reserve your table space at the annual SBCS SWAP MEET (full table – $25, half table – $15). Click here to download the Registration Form.

All across the country and maybe the globe, souvenir building enthusiasts are culling their collections in anticipation of this year’s swap meet. You never know what treasure will appear in the Saturday Swap and Sale Meet.

The Souvenir Building Society will have a group of small buildings from the Bob Kneisel Collection for sale.  Here are a few pictures.

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.