Caxtonian John Notz returns to talk about the creation of a scholarly new book: Graceland Cemetery: A Design History by Christopher Vernon, envisioned and commissioned by John and his fellow Graceland Cemetery Trustees. The book determines, for the first time, the layers of design by nationally-known professionals, resulting in the world-renowned National Registry Cemetery design that had won prizes in the 1900s and 1920s. John will speak about the unusual challenges faced as they shepherded the book to its completion in December 2011. He will also discuss the task of restoring and renovating an ill-maintained section from 1990 to its prize-winning glory today.
A long-retired corporate attorney (Gardner, Carton & Douglas), John is vice-president of the Graceland Cemetery Board of Trustees; he has done his own extensive research, writing and speaking on Jens Jensen, Marion Mahony Griffin and William Le Baron Jenney, Charles R. Crane, to name a few, most often for The Chicago Literary Club, of which he has been a member since the 1980s and a past president.
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