Nathaniel Brooks

Traditional Design Tour

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism, Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Students and friends of Judson’s Traditional Architecture & Urbanism concentration recently visited the exquisite Arts & Crafts collections at nearby Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois. The farm was designed by prominent Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman, designer of (among other commissions), the Pullman industrial village on Chicago’s south side. A complete history is available on the farm’s website here. A number of the original farm buildings have been renovated to house what’s possibly the world’s best collection of Arts & Crafts furnishings, art, sculpture, and functional objects by Gustav Stickley. Students were treated to a special tour of Mike Jarvi‘s woodshop, housed in a portion of the original barn, and to a tour of the contemporary guest house also located on the grounds. Following the tour, Professor Brooks led an informal tour of nearby Market Square in Lake Forest. Stay tuned for the next TAUtour.

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