The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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The Village of Riverside is famous for being a Fredrick Law Olmsted planned community.  There are several Frank Lloyd Wright houses within the Village and the Riverside Public Library is Landmark #1 in the Village.

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Riverside Public Library is one of 67 venues hosting Make Big Plans: Burnham's Vision of an American Metropolis. For more information on this exhibits and the public programs associated with it throughout the region, click here.

Partner Category: Civic and Non-Profit Organization

Centennial Activities

Exhibit : Monday, August 24, 2009 to Monday, September 14, 2009

Building Your Place in Riverside

Riverside Public Library

To celebrate the Centennial of the Burnham Plan, Riverside residents and businesses will have the opportunity to become part of Olmsted's Plan of Riverside, by participating in a BIG MAP Project, which will be on display August 24 through September 14. [MORE]

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 7:00pm

City Beautiful: Celebrating the Burnham Plan Centennial

Riverside Public Library

The year 2009 marks the centennial of Daniel Burnham's visionary plan for Chicago and its environs.  Burnham's Plan shaped the city and suburbs for generations of residents and visitors to enjoy.

This slide lecture explores the Burnham plan along with its origins and sources.  Learn about the full scope of the 1909 plan and its relationship to European and American precedents.  Follow the transition from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition to the City Beautiful Movement so eloquently manifested in Burnham's plan for Chicago. [MORE]

Riverside Public Library

Open to the public:
Monday - Thursday 9 to 9, Friday and Saturday 9 - 5, Sundays during the school year, 1 - 5


Riverside Public Library
1 Burling Road
Riverside, IL 60546
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Contact: Janice Fisher, Director: 708 442-6366 or;
Dorothy Sikora, Publicity and Programming Coordinator,

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