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Women’s Architectural League Foundation

Chicago’s Architectural Heritage… past, present and future

TOUR POSTPONED! (until early autumn due to weather): the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory

When: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 10:30 am

Where: 2391 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago

The Lincoln Park Conservancy completed restoration of Caldwell’s Lily Pool in 2002 and earned the site National Historic Landmark and Chicago Historical Landmark status.

Despite changes over the years, The Lincoln Park Conservatory maintains its historic charm and essence. Designed by architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee and M. E. Bell, the Palm House opened in 1892, and other houses were completed by 1895.

Photography © Lincoln Park Conservancy


Mission Statement

Our purposes are to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago area architecture and to provide scholarships to architectural students of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Universities of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana.


In 1958, a group of women who were architects or were related to architects formed the Women’s Architectural League Foundation to promote awareness and appreciation of Chicago architecture. Over the years, membership has broadened and is open to all women and men interested in architecture.

WALF members organize tours designed to deepen appreciation for both historic and contemporary Chicago architecture. Tours frequently feature buildings under construction or recently completed, led by architects involved in the project.

WALF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is managed by a group of nine Board members from many disciplines but all are focused on architecture and its important role in the life of our great city.

Women’s Architectural League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the Chicago area. ID# 30-0225557


Another interesting and informative site you may enjoy is the Women Who Built Illinois Database found at www.landmarks.org/womenwhobuiltillinois/

It includes information on over 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979.

This site calls attention to the women who helped to create places that today are cherished by communities and property owners across Illinois.

This website is presented by Landmarks Illinois. WALF is grateful for this interesting presentation and all the effort that was put into the project.