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Burnham Exhibit Open at Judson’s Library

(Elgin, IL – February 3, 2010) A special exhibit describing architect Daniel Burnham's plans for the city of Elgin is on display in the Benjamin P. Browne Library, which is housed in the Harm A. Weber Building, until March 17, 2010. The exhibit, titled “Deep Roots – Green Future: City Planning in Elgin,” describes how Burnham (1846-1912) promoted a new look for the American city.

Burnham’s design for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago was a model of urban planning and launched the city beautiful movement. His work was the basis of Chicago’s 1909 plan. The exhibit’s materials describe Burnham’s plan as this: “From the skyscrapers to the broad boulevards, from single buildings to entire cities, Burnham envisioned an urban environment that was beautiful, functional, and entirely livable.” His professional collaboration with Edward Bennett led him to become involved in devising Elgin’s master plan in 1917, which was the first of four plans created by city.

The Judson community and public are invited to learn more about Elgin’s past city planning and its current 2009 Sustainability Master Plan by seeing the “Deep Roots” exhibit at the Judson library. The exhibit is open during normal library hours, which are:

Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 6 to 11 p.m.

Before coming to Judson, the exhibit had been featured in Elgin's Gail Borden Library as part of the city's celebration of the Burnham Centennial. The exhibit will travel next to the Elgin Public Museum for a special display April 1 through May 31 before going to the Centre of Elgin on June 15 through August 31.

For more information about the Burnham Centennial, visit http://burnhamplan100.uchicago.edu/


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