Beaux-Arts is Back: Beaux-Arts Ball and World Congress Dinner
Wednesday, 30 October, 6:30 pm–10:00 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel at the Aqua Tower, Chicago
1931 Beaux-Arts Ball held in New York City. From left to right: A. Stewart Walker as the Fuller Building, Leonard Schultze as Waldorf-Astoria, Ely Jacques Kahn as the Squibb Building, William Van Alen as the Chrysler Building, Ralph Walker as Wall Street tower, D.E. Ward as Metropolitan Tower, and Joseph H. Freedlander as the Museum of the City of New York. © American Institute of Architects (cc by-sa)
In honor of the Council’s 50th Anniversary, a 10th World Congress Dinner inspired by the Beaux-Arts Architect’s Ball of 1931—where prominent architects arrived dressed as the buildings they had created—will take place at the closing of the 2019 core conference programming. We invite attendees to don costumes as elaborate and inventive as they desire—all in the spirit of the historic annual gathering. Will you be the next William Van Alen, forever captured and remembered as his iconic Chrysler Building?
The evening will be fun and glamorous with a costume contest featuring live judging, a grand prize, a step and repeat with a professional photographer, and a full cocktail hour followed by a multi-course menu. Come dressed in a costume inspired by the theme of this year’s World Congress: 50 Forward | 50 Back, interpreted as liberally as you wish to incorporate elements from the city, your favorite tall building, an idea of the past or technologies from the future.