Gunny Harboe -- A "Chicagoan of the Year"

Chcago Magazine named architect Gunny Harboe one of its “Chicagoans of the Year” (full list here). The honor is based largely on the transcendent restoration of Louis Sullivan’s former Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. store on State St (now the Sullivan Center). It also recognizes his twenty-year career as a restoration architect working on many of Chicago’s most significant most important, most recognizable pieces of architecture (an abbreviated list of of his work includes 860-880 Lake Shore Dr ., the Marquette Building , the Reliance Building (now the Hotel Burnham) and a portion of Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus).

Harboe ought to be familiar to Wright fans — he’s worked on Wright sites since early in his career. He participated in the project to restore the Frank Lloyd Wright Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York , and soon after he arrived in Chicago, he restored the Emmond House in La Grange (one of Wright’s bootleg houses) he worked on the restoration of The Rookery Building (a Burnham & Root building with a lobby by Frank Lloyd Wright; the building is now home to the offices of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust). He prepared the master plan for the restoration of Unity Temple in Oak Park, and his current projects include initial work for a planed restoration of the Beth Shalom Synagogue. In 2009 Harboe was a speaker at the Friday Excursion event for Wright Plus.

The video interview produced by Chicago Magazine for Harboe showing off his work at the Sullivan Center is fantastic.