SAH Celebrates

Thank you to everyone who joined us at SAH Celebrates, our annual celebration of the achievements of individuals and groups who shape the built environment and passionately advocate on behalf of historic places. The event took place at one of Chicago’s most historic cultural institutions, The Newberry, on Friday, November 3, 2023. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed socializing, food designed by Lula Café, music by DJ Onwa, and access to the exhibition, Seeing Race Before Race.

SAH Celebrates 2023 Photo Gallery

SAH friends and supporters gathered at the Newberry to recognize SAH Celebrates honorees and enjoy the festivities.

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Ann M. Beha, FAIA RAIC
Founder, Ann Beha Architects (Annum Architects)

Susan Benjamin
Owner, Benjamin Historic Certifications

Fred Eychaner
Philanthropist & President, Alphawood Foundation

Kevin and Elaine Harrington
Professor Emeritus, Illinois Institute of Technology
Retired, SAIC and House Museum Curator

Emily Rauh Pulitzer
Founder, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

At the center of SAH Celebrates is the Charnley-Persky House (1891–1892), a National Historic Landmark and a Chicago Landmark designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from Frank Lloyd Wright, that serves as SAH headquarters. SAH Celebrates highlights the importance of fostering a supportive community whose efforts ensure the stewardship of architectural gems like the Charnley-Persky House.

Proceeds benefit the ongoing maintenance and care of the Charnley-Persky House and SAH's educational programs and publications, including SAH Archipedia and  Buildings of the United States.

T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA
Founder, Harboe Architects

Michelangelo Sabatino, PhD
Professor, Director of Ph.D. Program in Architecture, Inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow, Illinois Institute of Technology

Laurence O. Booth, FAIA
Booth Hansen Architects
Rebekah Coffman
Chicago History Museum
Stuart Cohen, FAIA
Cohen-Hacker Architects
Thomas M. Dietz

Jaeger Nickola Kuhlman & Associates

Alison Fisher
Art Institute of Chicago

Scott Fortman
Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Chicago-Midwest Chapter

Keith Goad
The Keith Goad Group, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Chicago
Chandra Goldsmith
IIT CoA Board of Advisors
Barbara Gordon
Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
Eleanor Gorski
Chicago Architecture Center
Stuart Graff
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Julie Hacker, FAIA
Cohen-Hacker Architects
Sarah Herda
Graham Foundation
Harry Hunderman, FAIA
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc
Lisa Key
Driehaus Museum
Nancy and Thomas Klein
SAH Chicago Chapter
Thomas Leslie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jen Masengarb
AIA Chicago

Bonnie McDonald
Landmarks Illinois
Justin Miller
Docomomo US/Chicago
Ward Miller
Preservation Chicago
Heather Hyde Minor
University of Notre Dame
Keith N. Morgan, FSAH
SAH Past President
Sarah Rogers Morris
University of Illinois at Chicago
John K. Notz Jr.
SAH Benefactor Member
Keith Olsen
Olsen Vranas Architects

Abby Persky
Chicago, IL  

Laurie Petersen
Charnley-Persky House Board Member
Charlie Pipal
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Deborah Slaton
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Assocites, Inc.

Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, NOMA
AIA Chicago Foundation
Cynthia Vranas
Mies Van der Rohe Society
Cynthia Weese, FAIA
Weese, Langley, Weese Architects and Charnley-Persky House Board Member
Ernie Wong
Commission on Chicago Landmarks

Download the prospectus for information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Please contact Ben Thomas at 312-573-1365 if you have questions.



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Michael and Laurie Petersen



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Tom and Barbi Donnelley
Walker and Carolyn Johnson
Kathy Nagle and Ralph Johnson
Abby J. Persky
Deborah Slaton and Harry Hunderman



SAH Celebrates Past Honorees

Since 2010 SAH has recognized individuals and organizations for their contributions to the built environment.

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SAH Celebrates 2022 Photo Gallery

SAH honored individuals and organizations for their stewardship of the Charnley-Persky House.

SAH Celebrates 2021 Photo Gallery

SAH honored the companies and individuals involved in the restoration of the Old Post Office in Chicago.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610