Walter Burley Griffin, the Oak Park Studio's Landscape Architect, 1901-1906

Speaker: Christopher Vernon

Australia has long appreciated Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937) as the designer of its national capital, Canberra. In his native United States, however, Griffin is usually remembered as but a 'follower' of Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he worked from 1901-06. Although often regarded as exclusively an architect, Griffin was also educated in landscape gardening at the University of Illinois. Indeed, it was his landscape design abilities and botanical knowledge that were fundamental to Wright's decision to hire him. In this illustrated lecture, Christopher Vernon surveys and recovers the long-vanished gardens Griffin designed while working from the Oak Park Studio.

Christopher VernonChristopher Vernon is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia. A leading authority on the life and works of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, he recently guest curated the National Library of Australia's exhibition Dream of a Century: The Griffins in Australia's Capita' (2013) and contributed to the National Archives of Australia's publication A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins Imagined Australia's Capital (2013). He is also author of Graceland Cemetery: A Design History (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press in association with the Library of American Landscape History, 2011).


Thursday, January 9, 2014


6:30 pm


Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301


Free to volunteers and members, $10 non-members

William E. Martin House, Oak Park, Illinois