Le Festival de Preservation a lofty success


Jonathan Fine delivers welcome. Pictured: Stacey Pfingsten (l), Preservation Chicago; Fine; Ward Miller; Beth Schwindt, event chair; and Alderman Colon

Held at the six-story Hairpin Lofts building in the Logan Square Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Sept. 23, Preservation Chicago's benefit Le Festival de Preservation was declared a success by Jonathan Fine, Preservation Chicago's Executive Director. "We had over 200 people and were very pleased with the attendance."


"Robot Fidelio at Eceladus Saturn" by Ignacio Montano

The Center's space is open providing a great opportunity for a flow of traffic that encouraged a continuum of conversations. A large sculpture piece by Ignacio Montano vied for attention with juggler Brad French who tossed hoops up toward the multi height ceilings in the space. Tables of silent auction items lined the walls under some of the windows which offered a panoramic view of the six corners of Milwaukee, Kimball and Diversey.

Fine welcomed the crowd and was followed by 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon, Ward Miller of the Richard Nickel Committee and Adam Natenshon, Brinshore Development. All residents of the area, each was vital in saving and redeveloping the building.


Terra cotta salvaged from the former Home Bakery

A terra cotta piece salvaged from the former Home Bakery at 2931 N. Milwaukee by Ward Miller was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Miller had been protective of the piece for years as the one-story bakery building went through the probability of being renovated and then torn down. When the layout for the Art Center was created, the doorway area into the center was designed to accommodate the piece.


<em><strong>Visitors to the Hairpin Lofts building are greeted by this logo in the floor</strong></em>


Historic note: Built in 1930 by Chicago businessman Sol Goldberg, the building is marked with the image of a camel in the entryway. As reported by Adam Natenshon, Goldberg made at least part of his fortune with his invention of the "hairpin-with-the hump" and founded the Hump Hairpin Manufacturing Company to distribute his "humped" hair and bobbie pins. Lee Winslow was the commercial artist who designed the iconic camel trademark logo that appears throughout the building.




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