Stuart’s lifelong interest in vanishing architecture has led him to amass a unique collection of artifacts, soon on display in our facility.

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AAI's Museum of Historic Chicago Architecture will feature artifacts designed and created by such masters as Louis H. Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Purcell and others. Many of the artifacts are from Chicago landmarks and buildings important to the community and commerce of our city.

Nowhere in the world is there a collection of architectural artifacts with more range, depth, and personality than this. Whether you are a student of architecture, a long-time Chicago resident, or simply interested in a visual history of classic architecture, you will not want to miss the opportunity to see these artifacts in person.

Assembled by Architectural Artifacts' owner, Stuart Grannen, over the course of his singular career in architectural salvage, the collection provides a unique window onto Chicago's rich architectural legacy. Stuart's passion for architectural history drives his efforts to save these treasures from the wrecking ball. The collection is always growing as buildings are razed in the name of 'progress,' and only the most interesting and important pieces will be displayed.

To house the collection, we're building a 15,000 square foot museum within the ground floor of our 50-foot high atrium space. Here, glass curtains allow natural light to grace the architecture. Across the atrium span two steel catwalks, allowing visitors to roam from showroom to showroom.

Admission to the museum will be free. From school groups to individuals interested in architecture, everyone is encouraged to visit. "Chicago architecture has been good to me. This is my chance to give something back," says Grannen.

 

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