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Arts Club of Chicago Model


c. 1996


Vinci-Hamp Architects (American, founded 1969)
John Vinci (American, born 1937)
Philip Hamp (American, born 1953)

About this artwork

Following a passionate, yet unsuccessful campaign to save the Art Club of Chicago’s 1951 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe interior from demolition, Chicago architects were invited to submit proposals for a new, stand-alone building for the club. Ronald Krueck and John Vinci were chosen as finalists out of more than 40 submissions, amid a storm of press coverage. Both firms submitted multiple proposals, and while Krueck chose to work in a contemporary mode, Vinci’s winning scheme skillfully adapted the proportions, materials, and detailing of the earlier club space in a serene masonry building with a sensitive relationship to the street (shown here with an alternate scheme). Vinci has had a long career as a preservation architect and advocate, and he incorporated the club’s famous steel and travertine staircase as a permanent installation and centerpiece of the new gallery space.


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Architecture and Design


John Vinci (Architect)


Arts Club of Chicago Model


United States (Object made in)

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Balsa wood and cardboard


10.2 × 50.8 × 50.8 cm (4 × 20 × 20 in.)

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Gift of the Arts Club of Chicago

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