Irving 5th Graders tour Oak Park architecture with 8 experts

Irving 5th grade Architecture Tour

What do you get when you combine architectural diversity and a community of educated, generous people? Magic!

As a part of the OPEF Architecture Adventure program, 8 expert volunteers from 6 different organizations (plus parent chaperones) guided all Irving 5th graders on a walking tour of Oak Park.

The students are learning about some common local house styles, and will build their own houses after the tour. What better way to understand houses than a field trip? The architects, docents, and structural engineer pointed out common features of each style, along with other tidbits of information. The group even got a tour inside a Frank Lloyd Wright house along the way — a treat for the adults and kids alike.

Thanks to our generous expert volunteers:
Ken Floody, structural engineer with Ingenii
Jim Peters, docent with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Madeleine Raymond, docent with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Mark Harris, architect with BKV Group
George Beach, architect with B3 Architecture
Pete Conry, architect with Burton Conry Architecture Design
Dan O’Brien, architect with Aria Group Architects, Inc.
Stacy Economy, architect with Aria Group Architects, Inc. 

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