The Jewel of Lisle | Letters | Chicago Reader

The Jewel of Lisle 

To the editors:

Philip Berger's review of the Art Institute's exhibition, "Chicago Architecture and Design: 1923-1993," (July 30) was of great interest to me. However, his reference to "the rather banal Visitor's Center at the Morton Arboretum" was unfortunate, suggesting that Mr. Berger probably has not seen the actual building. Represented in the exhibition by rather preliminary drawings, the actual Visitor's Center is an architectural jewel in beautiful surroundings, deserving of more critical attention than it has received.

The architect, Arthur Myhrum, died during a flu epidemic just before the center's opening in 1972. His untimely death was a deep disappointment to those who recognized his gifts as a designer and his considerable potential for the future. I hope Mr. Berger will take another look at the Visitor's Center and also see the elegant columns designed by Myhrum for the aboretum's formal hedge garden. Another architectural feature worth seeing at the Morton Arboretum is the intimate Sterling Morton Library, designed by Harry Weese.

Carol Doty

Staff Historian

Morton Arboretum

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