The Benjamin Marshall Society raises $50,00 at its Cenennial Celebration
Joseph Antunovich (from left), Inese Driehaus, Ava Youngblood and Richard Driehaus
“CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION & FUNDRAISER: TWO ICONIC CHICAGO BUILDIINGS”
BENEFITING: The Benjamin Marshall Society
DATE: SEPT. 27, 2012
LOCATION: The Casino, Chicago
Updated: February 5, 2013 7:25PM
The glamour, prestige and history of two of Chicago’s most luxurious residential buildings, “mansions in the Sky”-- 1200 N. Lake Shore Dr. and 1550 North State Parkway-- were celebrated on Sept. 27. One hundred twenty partygoers attended the “Centennial Celebration,” hosted by The Benjamin Marshall Society (BMS) at The Casino on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Benjamin Marshall, one of the last giants of Chicago’s classical architects and known for many fine buildings in Chicago, was the visionary for E. Lake Shore Drive and architect for the Drake Hotel, the Polish Consulate on N. Lake Shore Drive, The Blackstone Hotel, and much more. Richard Driehaus, Honorary Chairman of The BMS, gave the keynote speech. Jane Lepauw of Northbrook, President of The BMS, presented the awards and Kathy Cook of Winnetka and Brian White served as co-chairmen of the benefit. Guests included Bill and Bernie Daley, Richard and Inese Driehaus, Benjamin Marshall’s great grandson Matthew Ehrhard, plus Benjamin Marshall hotel owners Marianne and Blouke Carus of the Kaskaskia Hotel in LaSalle- Peru, Illinois (Marianne Carus is also founder of Cricket magazine). Honored building residents and many other Chicagoans and North Shore residents attended the festivities. Elaborate bronze plaques, sculpted by celebrated artist Omri Amray—sculptor of the Michael Jordan and Captain James Lovell statues, were awarded to the Centennial buildings, identifying the Benjamin Marshall landmarks. A live auction was conducted by Steven Zick of Christie’s and guests bid on custom-designed Benjamin Marshall medallions and numerous lifestyle auction items. The Stu Hirsh Trio provided music for the guests. The Benjamin Marshall Society’s “Centennial Celebration of Two Iconic Chicago Buildings” raised $50,000. Funds will support the Society’s program to write and publish a book on Benjamin Marshall.