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Modern Again! The Benda House & Garden in Riverside, 1938-2022


Friday, January 20, 2023

After Annual Meeting

Riverside Train Station





Modern Again! The Benda House & Garden in Riverside, 1938-2022

Presentation Immediately following the Annual Meeting

Co-owners Serge Ambrose and Michelangelo Sabatino shared their journey of preservation and perseverance in bringing back the original atmosphere of a modern house. Their addition of a new landscape garden re-establishes the relationship between nature and modern architecture while extending Olmsted and Vaux’s vision for Riverside.

Michelangelo Sabatino is an architectural historian, curator, and preservationist whose research and writing focuses primarily on modern architecture and the built environment. He is Professor of Architectural History and Preservation at IIT’s College of Architecture where he directs the PhD program and is the inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow.

Serge Ambrose trained as an architect and engineer and is focused on contemporary design and the preservation of modern architectural heritage. Serge served as a commissioner on the Riverside Historical Commission and as the Docomomo US/Chicago Board Chair from 2016-2020.