Barbara Gordon Named New Executive Director

The board of directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is pleased to announce that Barbara Gordon will succeed Janet Halstead as the Conservancy’s executive director.

Gordon, a resident of Oak Park, Illinois, was employed from 1994 to 2015 by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, including as Director of Adult Education and Volunteers and as Vice President of Program Operations. Since then, she has worked on program development for Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Elmhurst History Museum, where she most recently designed programs for the exhibition In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin. Gordon has also served as president of the board of directors of the Glessner House Museum and has been a board member of the Pleasant Home Foundation and Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.

“Barbara’s prior positions have given her deep experience in adult education, fundraising, board development and strategic planning,” says Edith Payne, president of the Conservancy board of directors. “I know she will put all of that background and her additional leadership skills to good use in her new responsibilities, and we look forward to working with her.”

“I am truly honored to be selected as executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy,” says Gordon. “In over 20 years of working in the architectural history field, I have never lost my passion for visiting Wright’s buildings and learning about his work and the many influences that inspired his long career. To preserve Wright buildings is to save our cultural treasures, so I look forward to learning, growing and making positive contributions to this important organization.”

Gordon will take over the position as of May 10. Halstead’s retirement was announced in February.

Posted on April 13, 2017

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