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Law As Hidden Architecture

Law As Hidden Architecture

Real estate analyst/zoning attorney Richard Roddewig gives a lunchtime multimedia presentation focusing on the seldom-told story of the Appendix at the back of the Burnham Plan. Titled “Legal Aspects of the Plan of Chicago,” the appendix expands upon the legal history related to implementation of the Plan since 1909. Interestingly, the legal Appendix is longer than any of the eight chapters in the Plan itself!

Roddewig will explore the legislative and judicial obstacles faced by the Commercial Club and the City of Chicago in assuring that the Burnham vision for Chicago became a reality, demonstrating that the law has indeed been the hidden architect behind Chicago's successes (and failures).

The presentation will be recorded and Roddewig will prepare a longer (fully footnoted) version for a special Burnham symposium issue of John Marshall's law journal.  A Burnam Pavilions video will be screened at the end of the presentation.

To read the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on the lecture click here.

Richard J. Roddewig, MAI, CRE, is President of  Clarion Associates, Inc. a real estate analysis, land use and zoning consulting firm with affiliated offices in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Chapel Hill. Mr. Roddewig is a real estate analyst/appraiser as well as a land use and zoning attorney.

A prolific writer, he has authored or co-authored eight books and more than 50 articles in a wide variety of publications including Real Estate Issues, Planning, The Urban Lawyer, Urban Land and The Appraisal Journal. His most recent book is Valuing Contaminated Property: An Appraisal Institute Anthology published by The Appraisal Institute in 2002.


Program Partner

John Marshall Law School

Throughout its history, The John Marshall Law School has upheld a tradition of diversity, innovation and opportunity, and has consistently provided an education that combines an understanding of the theory, the philosophy and the practice of law. Founded in 1899, ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Thursday, October 1, 2009 noon to 2:00pm

John Marshall Law School

Cost: There is no cost to attend, but RSVP by 9/23/09 by phone at 312-987-1420. Free box lunch is provided.

Contact: Celeste Hammond,, 312.987.2366


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