Siobhan Moroney seeks information on Chicagoland Prize Homes

16 Jan 2021 9:40 AM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

VAF member Siobhan Moroney is hoping the VAF community can help with her current research.  "I am researching the Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoland Prize Homes architectural competition of 1945.  The Tribune wanted designs for modest and affordable homes.  There were nearly 1,000 submissions, 24 winners, and at least two dozen houses were built from winning designs, almost all in Chicago or Chicago suburbs.  The Tribune published Prize Homes in 1948, which included 92 designs.  The Art Institute of Chicago held an exhibition in 1946 that included the winners and others; over 170 designs were displayed.  Neither the Tribune nor the Art Institute kept records of who entered or who exhibited.  I am seeking any information about who might have entered the competition, whose designs were in the Art Institute exhibit, any houses built from the submitted designs.  The 1945 competition is just getting beyond first hand memory, but interviews with anyone who lived in a Prize Home, or knows anything about the completion, would be very welcomed additions to my research."  Please email Siobhan with information.

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