Welcome to the web site for Highland Park’s celebration of John Van Bergen Month. I hope you will enjoy the site and be able to come to Highland Park during the month of October, 2012 and join us in this celebration.
I am so excited about being asked to be involved with this wonderful event being planned for the city of Highland Park. The event will be to celebrate the heritage and the legacy left by Highland Park’s most prominent and influential architect, John Van Bergen. It will recognize Van Bergen, who was also a long time and active resident, and his architecture — how he helped to change the face of the city, with special emphasis on the public schools he designed in the 1920′s and 30′s, as well as the more than 35 homes which are still standing, the majority of which are recognized as local landmarks.
‘John Van Bergen Month’ is being organized by the Highland Park Historical Society in cooperation with the City of Highland Park, the Highland Park School District 112, the Park District, the Historic Preservation Commission, a diverse group of two dozen or so Van Bergen homeowners, and other residents and people interested in this great architecture.
I want to thank Lisa Temkin who is the chairwoman and organizer for this unique event. Lisa has been the person most responsible for creating the concept for this event, and I know all involved greatly appreciate her leadership. Along with Lisa, this idea would not have seen the light of day without either Rob Rotering, director of the Historical Society, or Jean Sogin of the HPC. The combined visions of the three working together, I am confident, will bring the event to great success.
My role in this will be as the curator of several exhibits around the city, as an adviser, and lecturer, relating to content and other things connected to the month long event. I am very excited about this celebration, and about the rapidly growing enthusiasm among everyone involved.
I look forward to working with all the volunteers and meeting with the many people who will be attending these coming events in October. See you then!