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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vincent L Michael, Ph. D.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other


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Illinois Connection

Vincent has served on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council and the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission. He was Director of the Historic Preservation program at SAIC from 1996 to 2010.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vincent has been a tour guide and lecturer since 1983, interpreting the landscape not only of Chicago and northeastern Illinois, but many other parts of the world. In the 1990s he worked for Michelin Travel Publications, authoring much of the Michelin Guide to Chicago. He also wrote two videos on Chicago architecture and developed tours based on geography, history, ethnicity, church architecture, and even literature. He continues to lead tours for the Art Institute of Chicago both in the Chicago region and internationally and is currently is Chief Conservation Officer for the Global Heritage Fund, in California. The Fund helps preserve World Heritage Sites in developing countries.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe
ISBN: 0252037537

University of Illinois Press. 2013

Barry Byrne (1883–1967) was a radical architect who sought basic principles as fervently as his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright and his inspiration Louis Sullivan, forging an individual style with taut planar skins enveloping modern space plans. In 1922 he designed the first modern Catholic church building, St. Thomas the Apostle in Chicago, and in 1924 he traveled to Europe where he met Mies, Mendelsohn, Oud, and other modernist architects there. He was the only Prairie School architect to build in Europe, designing the concrete Church of Christ the King, built in 1928–31 in Cork, Ireland. A dedicated modernist and progressive Catholic, Byrne concentrated for much of his career on Catholic churches and schools throughout North America, many of them now considered landmarks.
This book charts the entire length of Byrne's work, highlighting its distinctive features while discussing the cultural conditions that kept Byrne in the shadows of his more famous contemporaries. Illustrated by more than one hundred photographs and drawings, this biography explores the interplay of influences and impulses--individualism and communalism, modernism and tradition, pragmatism and faith--enduring throughout Byrne's life and work.

Michelin Must Sees Chicago (Must See Guides/Michelin)
ISBN: 1907099395

Michelin. 2012

This guide hits the Windy City's highlights for a 24 hour visit, a weekend or longer. See the iconic Sears Tower, attend a TV or radio show taping, or discover Oak Park's architectural gems. Stay in boutique hotels or opt for a budget room. Go clothes-shopping on Lakeview's Southport Avenue, or pick up local produce at the Green City Market. Finish up with a show at Zanies, the country's oldest comedy club. Do it all, accompanied by Must Sees Chicago's detailed maps.

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