Sidney Epstein was born in 1923 in Chicago and studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, from where he received a degree in civil engineering in 1943. After serving in the military during WW II, Sidney joined his father Abraham and brother Raymond in their family business, A. Epstein & Sons, an engineering firm that hired architects. They specialized for many years in industrial parks but extended their work to highrise office buildings after WW II . Epstein's firm was included in the consortiums that built the Mies van der Rohe-designed Federal Center in Chicago, the Maine Montparnasse Tower in Paris, and the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago. From a small family-owned and -run business Epstein's firm, now A. Epstein & Sons, International, has grown to an international company with offices worldwide. Epstein was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1959, and a Fellow of the Society of American Registered Architects in 1969.
Sidney serves as the spokesman for the history of his family's firm. He speaks about his father Abraham's jobs with S. Scott Joy and the Central Manufacturing District; founding the firm of A. Epstein, Structural Engineer; the Depression and how they survived; rebuilding the Union Stockyards in 1934; postwar work of industrial parks; highrise buildings such as the Borg-Warner building and the Federal Center in Chicago, and the Maine Montparnasse Tower in Paris, France; overseas work; design/build; the personal and professional legacy left by Abraham.
Abraham Epstein. International Ampitheater, Chicago Stockyards, Chicago, 1934. Photo by Abernathy.
A. Epstein & Sons, with William Lescaze. Borg-Warner Building, Chicago, 1959. Photo by Annemarie van Roessel.
"[Abraham] gave us a legacy of trying to satisfy the client, building a quality building, being on time and on budget. He left us a legacy of participating in communal and philanthropic work. That was a requirement. My father believed to the core in civic work...He gave us a legacy of dealing ethically and honestly. My father valued his reputation in the community much more than any wealth." (p. 77)
37 min 21 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
See three paintings by Mary Cassatt now on view: http://bit.ly/2nl9Z68
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
4 hours 42 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
Must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.