The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


Long famous as the "Cemetery of Architects," Graceland Cemetery was established in 1860. It was designed by prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland with park-like ambiance to create an oasis of art, architecture and horticulture.  Today, Graceland is owned and operated by the Trustees of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund, a not-for-profit trust. Revenues provide for maintenance of the grounds and the monuments and tombs therein.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Exhibit : Tuesday, June 2, 2009 to Sunday, June 21, 2009

100 Columns + (ABC's: All Burnham Chicago)

C U P & Virginia Polytechnic Institute

A micro-installation in Burnham Park, 100 Columns + represents both turning the clock backward 100 years and forward 100 years. This timeframe gives perspective on the historic events since 1909 and speculates toward all the potential developments ahead for the city of Chicago. The 100 Columns + vision is one of a field or prairie as Chicago once was, but focusing upon urban growth patterns both which were and could be natural and constructed over two hundred years 1909–2109. [MORE]

Saturday, August 1, 2009 1:30pm
Saturday, September 12, 2009 1:30pm

Burnham in Graceland: Friends, Family and Client Tour

Graceland Cemetery

This two-hour walk through Graceland Cemetery, including Burnham Island, features Daniel Burnham and his family as well as his work associates, prominent clients and personal friends. Burnham’s success and prominence is demonstrated by the large circle of people he influenced and with whom he associated. The tour features several sites not included in previous Graceland walking tours. This tour was developed as part of the Centennial Celebration for Burnham & Bennett's 1909 Plan of Chicago.

Burnham Island Restoration

Graceland Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery will restore the landscape design of Burnham Island, attributed to Ossian Cole Simonds, Superintendent of Graceland Cemetery during the time of the development of Burnham Island, as the place of interment for my Burnham and his immediate family.  

Graceland Cemetery has also partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to offer special tours of the Burnham Island on Saturday, August 1 and Saturday, September 12, 2009. Additional tours my be offered. [MORE]

Graceland Cemetery

Website: http://www.gracelandcemetery...

Graceland Cemetery
4001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613
[Get Directions]

The Burnham Plan Centennial
© Copyright 2009

c/o Chicago Metropolis 2020
30 West Monroe Street, 18th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60603 • (312)332-2020

Site developed and hosted by
The University of Chicago Library