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Virtual Program-History Symposium-The Built Environment- Architecture and Landscapes in Lake County


Virtual Program-History Symposium-The Built Environment- Architecture and Landscapes in Lake County

Saturday, January 22

9:30 AM - 11 AM



Registration is closed.

Important: Registration closed at 12:00 AM the day of the program.



The Lake County History Symposium is an annual gathering of people interested in the history of Lake County, Illinois. This year’s theme, “The Built Environment: Architecture and Landscapes in Lake County”, focuses on the landscapes, architects, city planning and other topics relating to shaping the way Lake County appears. Professional, amateur, and student historian are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the symposium.

This program is virtual.

A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants no later than one hour prior to the start of the program.

Email with questions.


Presentations on this day include:


The Hostess House: The Navy’s Gathering Place by Tricia Menke

  • Built in 1942 by renowned modernist architect Gordon Bunshaft, Naval Station Great Lakes’ Hostess House is the gathering place for sailors and their families. This presentation will showcase the Hostess House’s original modernist features, explore its original uses as a meeting place for sailors and families, and describes how the Hostess House’s current use as a museum continues the tradition of gathering as a community.

Tally Ho, Fox Hunting Farms and Stables in Lake County by Paul Bergman 

  • Enjoy a slide presentation of the many stables and horse farms built by Stanley D. Anderson in Lake County. In the 1920s the Onwentsia Hunt moved from what was west Lake Forest to the Hunt Country, near Milburn, IL. This organized move created a riding community today that is still centered around the Hunt Club on Hunt Club Road. Anderson built many of the farms and stable including Dicksfield and the Stuart Farm on Stern Road.

Fort Sheridan: Architecture and Design by Julia Johnas


  • Learn about the selection of the Lake County site for a fort, the appointment of architects Holabird & Roche, the design of the original buildings, the natural landscape, and the landscape design of O.C. Simonds. Discover how buildings and landscape served the early cavalry and infantry as barracks, community, and training ground.


Guest Speaker

Sarah Salto


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