Thomas Beeby (left) with WTTW host Geoffrey Baer. Photo: Bill Richert
Chicago is known for its skyline –
illuminated with various architectural styles, each touched by the
hands of architects new and old, classic and modernist. After the
Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city was rebuilt from the ground up,
thus starting an architectural movement based on originality,
rather than antiquity.
Examination of the career and work of Chicago born architect,
Thomas Beeby, offers a window into this modern world, providing
an opportunity to understand how Beeby has influenced architecture
not only in Chicago during the 20th century, but across the globe.
Beeby’s Harold Washington Library. Photo: HBRA Architects
In The Invisible Hand: Architect Thomas Beeby, host
Geoffrey Baer explores Thomas Beeby’s career, life, and
accomplishments – from his early days in Oak Park to the
establishment of the Chicago Seven, and the design of the Harold
Washington Library, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and the
Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse. Join us here to explore
the life and work of Thomas Beeby.