Landscape Design Lecture: Clarence Hatzfeld – Architect - Prairie and Revival Style Designs

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Historian & Author Julia Bachrach, Chicago Park District, presents Clarence Hatzfeld – Architect Prairie and Revival Style Designs

Clarence Hatzfeld (1873–1943) was a prolific Chicago architect who has been relatively unknown, despite the fact that the city retains a large collection of his handsome Prairie and Revival style park field houses, commercial buildings, and residences. Although Bachrach had done some research on Hatzfeld over the years, strange things began to happen when she and her husband went house-hunting in the summer of 2008.

In this lecture, Julia will reveal why she thinks this architect who died more than sixty years ago is haunting her, and what she has learned about him through this ghostly experience. She will also provide an overview of Hatzfeld’s work including dozens of northwest side field houses such as those in Avondale, Kilbourn, and Athletic Field Parks and other buildings he designed in the Lincoln Park,Humboldt Park, and Lake View neighborhoods.

Bachrach has written several books including: The City in a Garden: A Photographic History of Chicago's Parks (2001) and Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago’s West Side (2008)–- the latter a project co-authored by Bachrach’s long term protégé and Jens Jensen “groupie”, Jo Ann Nathan.

Price: $8 Reservations Required: email or call 773-278-9075

Location: Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen


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