AFC 2009-2010 Programs

AFC Tours New Rookwood Pottery

rookwood tour Cincinnati’s historic Rookwood Pottery was the most prestigious art pottery in the Western world in the first decades of the 20th century. Its pottery wares and architectural faience adorned countless houses and commercial establishments.  Rookwood Pottery’s traditions were revived recently when a successor firm opened in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine historic district near Findlay Market. The Architectural Foundation sponsored tours of the new Rookwood Pottery on Saturday, February 6, at 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  Tours included an overview of Rookwood history, along with visits to the artists’ studio and the production room.
rookwood tour



samara exhibit

Judge Mark Painter, Antonella Bigi, Thomas R. Schiff at Samara exhibit opening.

Exhibition Opens At AFC Gallery September 17 Exhibit continues through November 17 This is the Greater Cincinnati premier of an outstanding exhibition of drawings, photographs, and artifacts from a Frank Lloyd Wright house in West Lafayette, Indiana. It was Wright’s last residential commission. The exhibit, which was created by owner John E. Christian, a retired Purdue University professor and his late wife, runs September 17-November 17, at the AFC gallery. Mary Ellen Geoke, who chairs the exhibits committee, is coordinating the exhibition and AFC’s Wright Symposium on October 24. The exhibition is sponsored by Thomas R. Schiff. Exhibit opening, September 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m. FREE to members, $10 others. RSVP to Call (513) 421-4469 to arrange free daytime tours for students and adults.


GREAT HOUSE PARTY 2009 – October 11

Boswell tour

Sustaining members ($250 and above) receive complimentary invitations to our annual “Great Houses” party—always a unique and delightful event. This year we visit a newly restored Frank Lloyd Wright house in Indian Hill. Wright designed the house for the William Boswell family. Our hosts are Eugenio Bassan, CEO of Salvagnini America Inc., which owns the house, and his architect-wife, Antonella. The Bassans, who come from Palladio’s Vicenza, are admirers of America’s most celebrated architect. Invitations will be mailed in September. Join the foundation or upgrade your membership now to attend the tour and party.

sam wright chairWRIGHT SYMPOSIUM– OCTOBER 24, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Atrium of the Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Walnut & 8th streets.

“The Architect and the Client: The Domestic Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright,” a symposium held in conjunction with the “Samara: Realization of a Usonian Dream” exhibition at Architectural Foundation Gallery, 127 W. Ninth St., Cincinnati. Presenters will show and discuss Wright
houses in Ohio and Indiana.


  • Mary Ellen Goeke, symposium moderator and AFC exhibitions advisor,
  • Linda Eales, associate curator,John E. Christian House, West Lafayette, Indiana;
  • Marta Wojcik, curator of interpretation, Westcott House, Springfield, Ohio;
  • Janet Groeber, owner-curator, Boulter House, Cincinnati,
  • Antonella Bigi, Boswell House, Cincinnati.

The program is in the atrium of the Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., Downtown.

On Oct. 24, the SAMARA exhibit at AFC Gallery, 127 W. Ninth St., Downtown, will be open for guided tours at 10:30, 11, 11:30 a.m., and
noon. EXHIBIT TOURS AND SYMPOSIUM ARE FREE, donations are welcome. Reservations requested: or (513) 421-4469.


AFC made its second annual Hammer Award at the Cincinnati Design Awards banquet on Friday, November 13. The foundation established the Hammer to honor a practitioner who has made a consistent, significant contribution to the built environment in the Greater Cincinnati region over at least a 20-year-period. John Senhauser, FAIA, received the Hammer in 2008. AFC members will receive invitations to the CDA in September.


Election of Trustees was heldTuesday, November 17, 5 p.m. AFC Gallery 127 West Ninth Street Refreshments will be served. This is the final opportunity to view the Samara exhibition. Event sponsor: CR architecture + design. No charge.

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