Mies van der Rohe’s S.R. Crown Hall and the Illinois Institute of Technology are icons of the Modern movement. Yet in order to realize Mies’ campus master plan, IIT displaced and demolished a large swath of the surrounding Bronzeville neighborhood – including the Mecca Flats apartment building, whose African American residents fought for 12 years to preserve their community. This tour will explore the history of the campus and several of its architectural masterpieces, and explore ways that IIT is working to acknowledge and contextualize its complex past. The tour will conclude with a live Q&A.
Tour leader: Michelangelo Sabatino
Duration: 1 hour with live component and Q&A