Dan Whittaker

Illinois Institute of Technology

Dan Whittaker, final year Ph.D. candidate in the architectural history program at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.  His research encompasses how design professionals, laypersons and politicians built upon a set of societal values and created the idiom of the house museum as a community institution.  Whittaker traces the lives and acts of people who played definitive roles in a pre-preservation era in Chicago--influencing and creating political will and policy to sustain several civic house museums.  Whittaker has based his methodology upon both traditional archival primary-source exploration and first-person interviews, conducted with elder living leaders in architecture, preservation and political realms, active in the 1930s through 1980s in Chicago.