Cornerstones

Cornerstones is a group of adults over fifty, hosted by couples and open to all. All who are seeking connections with such a group are invited to gather for fellowship and programs. We usually meet on the first Friday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Gratz Center.

Reservations are requested for each event. For details or to RSVP, contact Carol Allerton at 312.787.2729, ext. 2265.

Cornerstones gathering

Upcoming Events


“Last Is More: Mies, IBM, and the Transformation of Chicago”
   Friday, May 1, 2015

   6:00 p.m. in Borwell Dining Room
   Presented by writer R0bert Sharoff
      and photographer William Zbaren
   (Please note that this is a joint event with Fourth Dimension)

Cornerstones will gather next month for a joint event with Fourth Dimension, the Fourth Church fellowship group hosted by individuals fifty and older, in celebration of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 129th birthday.

Writer-photographer team and creators of the American City Project--which celebrates the historic architecture of the Midwest--Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren will give a presentation about Mies's Chicago legacy. They will also talk about his final commission, the IBM Building, which was recently transformed into the Langham Hotel.

That building was built during the decade-long building boom between 1965 and 1975, when Mies's influence was at its most pervasive and when his students and acolytes produced such enduring landmarks as McCormick Place, Lake Point Tower, and the John Hancock Center. These buildings continue to dominate the city's skyline and are at the heart of Chicago's claim to be the founding city of American modernism.

According to Sharoff, "Mies spent the last three decades of his life living and working in Chicago, and his style eventually came to define the city in much the same way Bernini's style does Rome." The title of Sharoff and Zbaren's book, Last Is More, is a play on Mies's well-known dictum "Less is more." 

The evening includes appetizers and dinner. A $25 per-person prepaid reservation with Carol Allerton (312.787.2729, ext. 2265) is required by Wednesday, April 29.

Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren are the creators of the American City Project, which celebrates the historic architecture of the Midwest. Their books include American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005 and American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design. They also report on architecture and real estate for the New York Times and other publications. Their most recent book, Last Is More: Mies, IBM, and the Transformation of Chicago, can be purchased at Images Publishing or at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


“The Music and History of Bagpipes”
   Friday, June 5, 2015
   6:00 p.m.

   Presented and performed by George Sims
   (Please note that this is a joint event with Fourth Dimension)

Cornerstones will meet on Friday, June 5 for a joint gathering with Fourth Dimension, the Fourth Church fellowship group hosted by individuals fifty and older.

George Sims, a bagpipe performer for three decades, will talk about the history of bagpipes from their early origins in the Middle East to their significance in the military and their incorporation into celebrations of life's joyous as well as somber events. The evening will conclude with a demonstration of bagpipe music in a short performance. Appetizers will be served.


A Cornerstones dinner


Registration for Cornerstones programs are typically required by the Wednesday prior to the event, and they are considered complete upon receipt of event payment. Please write “Cornerstones” on the memo line of a check made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church. Checks can be mailed to the church (126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611) or left in an envelope with the receptionist at the Chestnut Street entrance. Please be sure to put “Attn: Carol Allerton” on the envelope and let Carol know that you are mailing it or dropping it off so she can be on the lookout for it.  To pay by credit card, contact Carol Allerton 312.640.5448.


For more information about Cornerstones, contact Carol Allerton
at 312.787.2729, ext. 2265.