Is we mark the 75th anniversary of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) founding, it is indeed fitting that we gather in the hometown of the Society’s headquarters in Chicago, a city situated at the global crossroads. Strategically located between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Valley system,
Chicago grew rapidly with westward expansion after the 1803 acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. Becoming a major railway hub of the continental U.S. in the second half of the nineteenth century and international airway hub in the twentieth century,
Chicago has always been closely connected to major currents in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.