During this Open House event, architect John Ronan discusses the features of the new Poetry Foundation building. A Q&A session will follow his talk.
“I am honored to be chosen to assist the Poetry Foundation in their vision of a home for poetry," said John Ronan in September 2007. "The project is unlimited in its potential because there exists no model for what the Poetry Foundation is trying to create. I look forward to the challenge.”
The Poetry Foundation's board of trustees unanimously selected John Ronan Architects from among eighteen firms who applied to design the project. Ronan, known for his Chicago institutional projects Gary Comer Youth Center and Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, conceived the design of the new LEED Silver Level Poetry Foundation building to "engage the public’s curiosity and unfold in stages."
Ronan received a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Chicago architecture critic Lynn Becker has called Ronan "one of Chicago's best architects." The lead designer and founding principal of John Ronan Architects, he is also an associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture.
CTA trains: Chicago Red line stop; Chicago Brown line stop
CTA buses: #66 Chicago Avenue bus; #22 Clark Street bus
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery, as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
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