Beyond Ebony/Jet: The Architecture of John Moutoussamy

IIT Business Technology Center

40 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL
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John Moutoussamy is best known as the designer of the Johnson Publishing Company Building, the only high-rise office building in downtown Chicago with an African American client and architect. But in his career that spanned nearly four decades, Moutoussamy also designed a wide variety of other building types, including residential towers, health care facilities, and schools.

Moutoussamy attended IIT School of Architecture on the GI Bill after serving in WWII. He studied and worked with Mies van der Rohe. He also spent time working in the office of K. Roderick O’Neil. His classmates at IIT included YC Wong, Jacques Brownson, Carter Manny and Bruno Conterato, central figures in twentieth-century modern architecture. Moutoussamy was the first black architect to become a partner in a major firm, Dubin Dubin Black & Moutoussamy.

Join Docomomo US/Chicago for a trolley tour of eight of his buildings, including the award-winning Lawless Gardens housing complex and Moutoussamy’s own home in Chatham.


October 13, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The tour will begin at 12 pm and will last approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours.

The tour will begin and finish at 40 W. 35th St., outside the IIT Technology Business Center.

Limited street parking will be available near the departure point. Using public transportation is strongly recommended due to street closures on 33rd St., State St., and 35th St. for the Chicago Marathon. The red and green line 35th Street stations are both within easy walking distance of the departure point.

$30 Docomomo US/Chicago members; $40 non-members

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