Benjamin Marshall Society Centennial Tribute to Iconic Marshall Buildings

The Benjamin Marshall society announces a benefit dinner to be held Sept 27, 2012 at the Casino in Chicago, IL.

Chicago, IL, August 08, 2012 --( Chicago: The Benjamin Marshall Society is hosting a benefit dinner in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of two of Marshall’s most iconic Beaux Arts apartment buildings, 1200 North Lake Shore Drive and 1550 North State Parkway. The sumptuous dinner is to be held on September 27, 2012 at the Casino, 195 East Delaware Place. Co-chaired by Kathy Cook and Brian D. White, the goal of the evening is to raise funds through the sale of limited edition medallions, to complete an exciting project on this prodigious architect, urban planner, fashion-setter and bon-vivant.

Jane Lepauw, Society President says, “Marshall was renowned for his 'mansions in the sky,' his theaters and grand hotels. He was a force majeure behind Streeterville and the Gold Coast. He changed the cultural landscape of Chicago.” Philanthropist and preservationist, Richard H. Driehaus will be the Keynote Speaker. Doors open at 5:30pm for cocktails, dinner and music by the Stu Hirsh Trio.

Tickets are $250 per person. For information and reservations, call Bill McCluskey: 312 932 4305 or email

Guests include Benjamin Marshall enthusiasts and residents of both buildings, as well residents from Marshall’s visionary East Lake Shore Drive and the Edgewater Beach Apartments. Marshall’s granddaughters, Ginny Hardy of Barrington and Dorothy Ehrhard, of Vero Beach, Florida as well as his great grandsons, Matthew Ehrhard and Louis Ehrhard are expected to attend. Other guests include Her Royal and Imperial Highness, Princess Maria-Anna of Habsburg, Archduchess of Austria and His Royal and Serene Highness, Prince Piotr Galitzine of Russia. Bill Daley and his wife Jane Melk will also add to the festivities.

The mission of the Benjamin Marshall Society is to educate the public on the name, life, works, and legacy of Benjamin Marshall and to revive his dialogue on the role of architecture in the urban environment and in society as a whole.
Benjamin Marshall Society
Jennifer Stewart