Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic Blair Kamin on CAPA

"Chicago has a new historic preservation group, but unlike the best-known existing ones, Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago, it’s not an advocacy organization intent upon entering the city’s noisy political fray.

Instead, the Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive — CAPA, for short — has set for itself the quieter task of documenting and safeguarding materials related to the practices of early urban preservationists, including the late photographer Richard Nickel. Nickel, who fell to his death in 1972 while inside the under-demolition Chicago Stock Exchange Building, would have turned 90 on May 31.

Led by Director Tim Samuelson, the city’s official cultural historian, and Associate Director Bianca Bova, a Chicago-based curator and art critic, CAPA last Friday held its first public event — a panel discussion at the Chicago Cultural Center that explored the ongoing relevance of Nickel’s work. The event was part of a lecture series run by the Chicago architectural journal MAS Context.

CAPA, whose holdings will include architectural fragments from Samuelson’s extensive collection, will be located at Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 S. Throop St. The holdings will be available to the public as well as researchers and artists."

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