2022 Annual Conference: Attend Online

photo by James Caulfield

Registration for the online conference experience gives you instant access to livestream events (October 22 & 23) or view recordings (through January 22, 2023) via the online Event Hub. Your confirmation email will include the link and password to access the Event Hub. You can find additional details on the page below, but here are quick links to register:
Public ($200/household) >>
Conservancy members ($175/household) >>
Wright Public Site Staff & Volunteers ($75/household) >>
Students ($30/household) >>

The Progressive City is the Conservancy’s third Chicago conference, the first there in fifteen years. Chicago around 1900 was a laboratory of progressive reforms addressing widespread social inequality, public health crises, and lack of access to education, nature and affordable housing. Education sessions will focus on the efforts of Wright, his peers and collaborators to improve the city through innovations in architecture, urban planning, parks, public health, education, social services, and housing. We will also celebrate the recipients of the 2022 Wright Spirit Awards. Special online events will delve into preservation advocacy for and restoration of Wright buildings in the Chicago area. The Conservancy’s Annual Meeting will take place on the morning of Saturday, October 22. We hope you will join us in Chicago – or online! (For details about attending in person, click here.)

2022 Conference Co-Chairs
Kelly Jones, FLWBC Board
Carmen Korleski, TAWANI Hospitality/Emil Bach House
Heidi Ruehle, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Online Conference Agenda

The core days of the online conference experience are Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23. A detailed agenda, with links to live video streams and recordings of events that have concluded, will be available in the online Event Hub, to which registrants will receive access via email. All times are Central Daylight Time.

Wednesday, October 19

Silent auction bidding opens online. Catalogue >>

Saturday, October 22

8:30 – 9 a.m. Conservancy Annual Meeting
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Education Sessions
8 – 9 p.m. Wright Spirit Awards program
10 p.m. Silent auction bidding closes online. Catalogue >>

Sunday, October 23

9 a.m. Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece documentary becomes available to stream on demand
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Online Event: Restoring Wright’s World Heritage Sites: Unity Temple & Robie House
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Online Event: Saving Wright in Chicago: Recent Case Studies

Wednesday, October 26

11 p.m. On-demand streaming ends for Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Final day to stream event recordings

Online Event Details

Online attendees can participate live in most events via Zoom, or watch recordings of the events for three months after the conference concludes. Additionally, online attendees will have the option to stream the Unity Temple documentary on demand for a limited period of time. Details about each event are below.

Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 22
8:30 – 9 a.m.

The Annual Meeting of the Conservancy membership. A vote will be taken on the proposed slate of new Board members. Conservancy members who are not participating in the conference may register here for free Zoom access to the annual meeting.


Education Sessions

Saturday, October 22
9 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m.

Online attendees will be able to livestream these sessions and ask questions via chat, which may be asked to the presenters as time permits. There will be a break for lunch. The following presentations are confirmed:

  • Mapping Chicago: social science, social change, and the progressive city
    Jennifer Gray, Director of the Taliesin Institute, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • Frederick and Grace Bagley: Progressive and Influential Early Clients
    Julia Bachrach & Jean Follett, Independent Historic Preservation Consultants
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Francisco Terrace as Model for Urban Living
    Gregory Brewer, Independent Researcher
  • Casting Their Lots with the Wage-Earners: The Development of Social Science at Hull- House in the 1890s
    Kit Ginzky, PhD Student, Department of History and Crown Family School of Social Work, University of Chicago
  • The Architecture of Progressive Education: Building Transformative Social Change
    Kris Hartzell, Director of Facilities, Visitor Services, and Collections, Evanston History Center
  • A progressive interpretation of a progressive building: the Abraham Lincoln Center
    Ayad Rahmani, Professor of Architecture, Washington State University
  • TO WAKE LEVIATHAN – On Public Health and Chicago’s Park Systems 1840-1940
    Matthew Skjonsberg, Associate Director, Future Cities Laboratory, ETHZ-FCL Global
  • Preservation Session
    Paul Harding, architect and owner, Davenport House
    Tom Bassett-Dilley, architect, Balch House
    Carol Yetken, landscape architect, numerous Wright properties

Ganz Hall photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Wright Spirit Awards

Saturday, October 22
8 – 9 p.m.

The Wright Spirit Awards honor exemplary commitment to preserving and restoring Wright’s works and enhancing appreciation of his legacy. The 2022 honorees will be celebrated after the gala dinner. The program, which includes video presentations detailing their achievements, will be livestreamed.

2021 Wright Spirit Award Honorees photo by Joe Cascio

Restoring Chicago’s World Heritage Sites: Unity Temple & Robie House

Sunday, October 23
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

The Chicago area has two of the eight properties that were inscribed in 2019 to the World Heritage list as part of The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Unity Temple in Oak Park and Robie House in Hyde Park are the two earliest buildings in the series.

Join us as we hear about the recent multi-million dollar restorations of both buildings from preservation architect, T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, a 2022 recipient of the Conservancy’s Wright Spirit Award. Representatives of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will discuss their ongoing stewardship of these buildings and what it means to be part of the first World Heritage site in the Chicago area.

Barbara Gordon, Executive Director, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, Principal, Harboe Architects, PC
Mary B. Brush, FAIA, BRUSH Architects, LLC WBE; Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Architect
Heidi Ruehle, Executive Director, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Robie House photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Unity Temple photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Saving Wright in Chicago: Recent Case Studies

Sunday, October 23
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Members of the Advocacy Committee will discuss how the Conservancy worked behind the scenes to advocate for the preservation of four Chicago area Wright buildings. See what makes each special, and hear how their current owners saved them from uncertain futures. The session will include video vignettes of the Glasner House (Glencoe, Illinois), Booth Cottage (Glencoe, Illinois), Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House (Libertyville, Illinois) and the Bagley House (Hinsdale, Illinois).

Dan Nichols, AIA, Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

Jean Follett, Board Director, Landmarks Illinois
Barbara Gordon, Executive Director, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
Ron Scherubel, Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

Glasner House photo by Eric Hausman

Booth Cottage photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Lloyd Lewis Exterior

Kathryn and Lloyd Lewis House photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Frederick Bagley House photo by Marcello Rodarte

Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright's Modern Masterpiece

Streaming on demand
10 a.m. on Sunday, October 23 until 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26

Online attendees receive on-demand access to stream the documentary Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece for a four-day period. The 45-minute documentary, narrated by Brad Pitt, pulls back the curtain on the recent painstaking efforts to restore the building back to its original beauty. The dedicated team of historians, craftspeople, members of the Unitarian congregation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation reveal the history of one of Wright’s most innovative buildings that merged his love of architecture with his own spiritual values.

Please note that the documentary will be available to stream on demand for a limited time. It will not be included in the videos available to stream after the conclusion of the conference. The documentary DVD can be purchased online. See the documentary’s website for more information about the film.

Register to Attend Online

Online Experience Registration

Online attendees will be able to livestream the events list above at the times when they occur, and watch recordings of the events for three months after the event.  They will also have the opportunity to stream the documentary “Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece” on demand for a limited time. If you require assistance registering or have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 312.663.5500.

AIA credit has been approved for multiple conference programs. Online attendees will be able to receive credit for attending education sessions as well as both Sunday events. Additional details and instructions will be available to registrants in the Event Hub once credit has been approved. Please note that, in order to receive credit, it will be necessary to livestream sessions; viewing recorded sessions after they take place will not confer credit.

Online Experience Registration Links & Rates

All rates are per viewing household. If multiple individuals are participating together, only one online experience registration is necessary. Student or public site pricing is subject to verification of eligibility.

Conservancy Members: $175

Non-Members: $200

Wright Public Site Staff & Volunteers: $75

Students: $30

Silent Auction

The Conservancy’s most popular annual fundraiser will take place online in conjunction with the conference. Bidding will open on Tuesday, October 18, and close on Saturday, October 22 after the gala. The auction offers rare Wright memorabilia, artwork, collectibles, experiences at Wright sites, books, and more. All proceeds support our mission of preserving Wright’s remaining structures. The silent auction is open to everyone; registration for the conference is not required.

Browse the catalogue & place your bids!

Bidding closes at 10 p.m. CDT on Saturday

Conference Sponsors

The Conservancy is grateful for the support of our conference sponsors. Interested in becoming a conference sponsor? Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits.

Presenting Partner

TAWANI Hospitality

Major Partners

Kelly Jones
Ron and Jan Scherubel

Conference Partners

Chuck and Kit Henderson
Lukas Ruecker and Safina Uberoi
Blossoms and Turkel House

Blossoms & Turkel House

SC Johnson


Gaines and Sharon Hall
Carmen and Christopher Korleski



Berglund Construction
CYLA Design Associates, Inc. Landscape Architecture & Planning
Eifler & Associates Architects
Tim Gibson representing Rotary District #6540
Harboe Architects, PC
WJE Engineers, Architects & Materials Specialists


Architectural Resources Group
Harding Partners, Architects
George Meyer
Janet Parks
Mary and Tom Roberts
Sassetti, Accountants

Special Thanks

J. Charles
Doug McGoldrick Photography
The Rookery

Promotional Partners

AIA Chicago
Chicago Architecture Center
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Landmarks Illinois
Preservation Chicago
Society of Architectural Historians and SAH Chicago Chapter