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Pipal and the Peterson Prize

August 26, 2009

Charlie Pipal has taught our Physical Documentation class since the onset of the millenium, and during that time his students have won six Charles E. Peterson prizes in the NATIONAL competition for the best HABS measured drawings. Charlie never takes the credit and always gives it to the students. He is right, but HIS students have done this six times in eight tries, so I would suspect he has something to do with it.

Last year I wrote a blog calling Charlie the Michael Phelps of preservation because his students’ drawings took home not only the fourth Honorable Mention for a set of HABS drawings, but a Third Place!
But now they have really done it: Kudos to Carol Adams, Ginny Way, Mitch Brown, Frank Butterfield, Ceylan Celebiler, Tianyi Jiang, Pam Pietrowsky, Susannah Ribstein, Kathleen Shanley, Noel Weidner, Christine Whims and Teaching Asistant Emily Spreng of Charlie Pipal’s Physical Documentation class because they won FIRST PRIZE this year!
on leong drawingS
These are the drawings of the 1924 On Leong Merchants Association Building (now Pui Tak Center) in Chinatown, Chicago. Stunning work by all. I am so proud.

The prestigious Peterson Prize is awarded annually by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National
Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects (AIA), and recognizes the best
sets of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students. The drawings will be added to the permanent HABS collection at The Library of Congress.

This is the third Peterson Prize in two years awarded to projects from the SAIC Historic Preservation Program. The previous two were awarded in 2008: a Third Place for drawings of the Pullman Greenstone Church, Chicago; and an Honorable Mention for drawings of the Chicago Athletic Association Building. Drawings from the class also received Honorable Mentions in 2000 (Quinn Chapel), 2005 (Thalia Hall) and 2007 (First Congregational Church, Western Springs). Charlie Pipal taught all of the courses. Don’t tell me he doesn’t have it goin’ on.

Congrats to all!

The Michael Phelps of Preservation

August 14, 2008

Charlie Pipal, architect and preservationist and tour guide, has done it again and I told him he was like Michael Phelps. Only instead of collecting Olympic medals in swimming, Charlie collects Charles Peterson prizes, the nation’s big award for measured drawings of historic buildings. Charlie correctly notes that it is the students who deserve the honors, since they did the drawing. But he has brought home five of these babies in eight years of teaching, so no matter how you slice it, he has it going on.

The award also makes me look good because it brings honor (and cash) to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Historic Preservation Program. This year we got Third Prize for drawings of the Greenstone Church in Pullman, the project of the Fall 2007 Physical Documentation class. Kudos to: Shannon Berner, Christine Bernick, Vicki Birenberg, Katy Gallagher, Jennifer Harrman, Katie McManus, Mary Ottoson, Amy Porter, Molly Sargent, Emily Spreng, Sherine Sublette and Nivine Tawancy! Charlie taught an extra HABS documentation class this year based (for the first time) entirely in CAD, and did the incomparable Chicago Athletic Association building. Kudos to: Weston Davey, Mary Ottoson, Mira Patel, Jennifer Reep, Benjamin Roberts, Molly Sargent, Nicole Seguin, Nicola Spasoff, Emily Spreng and Rebecca Young. We got an Honorable Mention for that, equaling the award Charlie’s classes secured in 2006, 2003 and 2004. Here is a photo of the students and Charlie receiving last year’s honor from Walker Johnson, FAIA.

(One curious note – the awards tend to come for Romanesque buildings – Quinn Chapel AME, Thalia Hall, Greenstone Church, Western Springs Presbyterian Church – is this a stylistic preference or maybe the judges just get impressed with all of the stippling??)

smashing

May 6, 2008

They demolished the Berwyn Spindle but they might re-erect it because they saved the two top cars, which makes me wonder which cars they will choose – this was a spindle of 1970s cars, after all, which still had elegant lines, unlike the box-cars of the 1980s, and I can’t imagine the Beetle and the T-Bird topping out a short stack of c. 1999 Escorts and Corollas or even nasty Buicks. I suppose it is like a totem pole, in which case it should span time, but I think the original effect of this spike of cars in a parking lot was to suggest that your car could belong there as well and if all of the spindled vehicles are out of date the piece means something else entirely….

This is the last week for the “Squandered” show at CAF and I am in it but it is still worth seeing and there have been a great series of events along with it, the most recent being Daniel Bluestone’s lecture last Wednesday, which summarized all of his interesting research into the history of preservation in Chicago and the idea of an “aesthetics of eclipse” provided by layers of history in the landscape. I guess that is why I wonder so hard what kind of cars they will put on the new Spindle, since its original criticality depending on the abnegation of such an aesthetics of eclipse but with a Beetle on top how can you do that?

Our students presented their final thesis topics last Friday and they did a great job and Walker Johnson FAIA was there to re-present the Peterson Prize to the Class of 2008 and Professor Charlie Pipal.
pipal, johnson, rainka, little, patel, blasius, shymanski
Also we opened our end-of-year show on the 12th floor of Carson’s in the AIADO space which includes the resurrected volute from the 1926 Granada Theater by Eichenbaum – this was the piece that was infamously smashed to bits by a moving company this January when they surprise moved our studios and resource center.

Too bad, but Craig Deller’s class did a great job with it.

Irit Rogoff gave a keynote for the Master’s presentations that was really pretty cool and helped organize some thoughts I had in a month-old rambling blog draft that has yet to see the light of day. That evening the wonderful Mira Patel – who gets the prize for the first finished thesis turned in! – hosted us for an end-of-year gathering in her highrise. Saturday I was back at school to talk about First Year Program and Sunday I saw Rebecca Keller’s class’ intervention/installation at Pleasant Home, a series of intriguing pieces inspired by the history of the place, including a pantryload of cinnamon plates, roller skating John Farson stickers, an etched egg chandelier, hurdy gurdy types and ceramics cormers. Rebecca’s piece took the honeysuckle – one of the architectural themes of the house – and presented it “preserved” – dried and colorless in a closed box – and “living” green and lustrous in a vase, which pretty much summarizes my ideas about house museums and the goal of preservation.
Rebecca Keller\'s preserved and living honeysuckles at Pleasant Home

I made beer for the first time in almost six months last week so life is returning after the longest winter and the biggest move and Wednesday I am in Elgin talking about windows and Thursday thesis class and Roger Brown Study Collection Steering Committee and Friday the neighbors come over to warm the house and Saturday I get a hood and give a commencement speech and of course Sunday is Mother’s Day and the following weekend is Denver and then the following weekend China….