Documentary on William LeBaron Jenney in April

It's in French, but there's a transcript available

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By Bob Uphues


OK, you probably haven't heard of an organization called the Alliance Française de Chicago, so you're welcome.

But the Society of Architectural Historians (you're welcome for that, too) has and the two are joining forces to screen the premier of the film William LeBaron Jenney: In His Own Words at the Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow at 7:30 p.m.

William LeBaron Jenney is considered the father of the steel skyscraper whose Home Insurance Building from 1884-85 is considered the first steel skeleton skyscraper. Of course, back in 1869-70, Jenney was busy helping design some of the most important structures for Riverside, including the water tower and the Riverside Hotel (both of which suffered devastating fires, by the way). He also built a home for himself on Scottswood Road, which still stands today.

Anyway, William LeBaron Jenney: In His Own Words, is a documentary about the architect and told in Jenney's "own voice." To be perfectly accurate, it will be told in Jenney's French voice, but a French/English transcript will be available for anyone who needs one. A transcript is also downloadable.

It's free to attend the screening, but reservations are required. Call 312-337-1070 or click here to register online.

Hat tip to Paul Stack.

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John Notz from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: May 17th, 2014 7:50 PM

For those interested, who missed the film showing at Chicago's Alliance Francaise, there will be a second showing at Chicago Cliff Dwellers (club) on Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 AM. An English version of the script is, again, available via the Web Site of the Alliance Francaise of Chicago, in its "Library". John Notz

Greg Nessinger from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: March 20th, 2014 5:12 PM

Since Jenny died in 1907, I think the article is a little off when it says "Of course, back in 1969-70, Jenney was busy helping..."

John Notz from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: March 20th, 2014 1:16 PM

As one of those most involved in making the arrangements fotr the presentation of this Program - the first of its kind iin the United States, THANK YOU for the unsolicited PR for it.

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