Edgar Miller Lecture presented by Chicago Art Deco Society | Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge | Lectures & Panels | Chicago Reader
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Edgar Miller Lecture presented by Chicago Art Deco Society

When: Sat., Nov. 14, 3 p.m. 2009
Edgar Miller, the Chicago architect/artist who used recycled materials to create unique handmade homes in the 1920s and '30s and co-founded Old Town as an artist community, will be the subject of a presentation by award-winning authors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. Their new book, Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home: Chicago's Forgotten Renaissance Man, is the first to focus on Miller's life and works. Miller was called "the blond boy Michelangelo" in the 1920s; "a new luminary" by Architecture magazine in the '30s; and "one of the most versatile artists in America" in the '40s. His Chicago buildings have changed over the decades, but much of Miller's work and the spirit he brought to each remain, offering lessons about beauty, creativity and honesty. Cahan and Williams have written more than a dozen books on Chicago art, architecture, and photography including "Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City."



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