Excavating the Charnley-Persky House: Archaeology of Chicago’s Gold Coast, 1880–1920

Archaeological finds from the Charnley-Persky House, a Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright structure, reveal the intricacies of life in Gilded Age Chicago. Rebecca Graff, assistant professor of anthropology at Lake Forest College, and Pauline Saliga, executive director of the Society of Architectural Historians, speak at the Chicago History Museum, down the street from the Charnley-Persky House itself, about what the excavation at the house tells us about this forgotten past.