“Chicago Seven”

Walter Kelly Gallery And Graham Foundation For Advanced Studies In The Fine Arts

In the February 1978 Walter Kelly Gallery “Exquisite Corpse” exhibition, eight Chicago architects—Thomas Beeby, Laurence Booth, Stuart Cohen, James Freed, Helmut Jahn, James Nagle, Stanley Tigerman and Benjamin Weese—who had already named themselves Chicago Seven, exhibited models for townhouses. This group has an interesting history.

In February 1976, Booth, Cohen, Tigerman and Weese came together to challenge a 1973 exhibition titled “100 Years of Architecture in Chicago: Continuity of Structure and Form,” mounted in Munich, Germany, which helped support the slogan, “Chicago is the only city in which International Style is also local style.” The resulting Salon des Refusés, entitled “Chicago Architects,” intended to display “the suppressed romanticism of Chicago’s unknown architects,” and did demonstrate a largely unpublicized eclecticism—but no unified counter-style. Then in December

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