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Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive

Iker Gil, Bianca Bova, John Vinci, Tim Samuelson (L-R), 2018. Courtesy Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive
The Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive (CAPA) is devoted to the documentation and stewardship of materials related to the efforts of early urban preservationists. CAPA is led by director Tim Samuelson, an architectural historian and preservationist who has also served as cultural historian for the city of Chicago since 2002, and associate director Bianca Bova, a Chicago-based curator and art critic. Housed by Mana Contemporary Chicago, the archive’s holdings include collections of architectural salvage, photography, research documents, and realia with ties to the First Chicago School of Architecture. The archive is accessible to independent scholars, artists, and interested members of the public. CAPA has cohosted public programming in collaboration with Chicago architecture group MAScontext; loaned material to other institutions for exhibition; and staged multiple exhibitions in Mies van der Rohe's S. R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Its preservation initiatives have included assisting with the archaeological excavation and assessment, in spring 2018, of remnants of the historic Mecca Apartments.

Established 2018, Chicago, USA