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Goodbye to Wilbert “Bill” Hasbrouck

Passing of a Friend

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, Wilbert “Bill” Hasbrouck. Bill’s contributions to architecture and preservation in Chicago and beyond were unparalleled. We’ve enjoyed working with Bill and his wife Marilyn over the years and have fond memories of his sharp eye, tales of collecting, and vast knowledge.

Prairie Avenue Bookshop

Bill and Marilyn Hasbrouck ran the legendary Prairie Avenue Bookshop in Chicago, known for its architectural focus for nearly 50 years. “It was always the go-to place to secure elusive historical items,” said Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian, City of Chicago.

Obituary

“Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, a pioneering Chicago preservation architect who breathed new life into buildings designed by some of the city’s renowned architects and co-owned a beloved architectural bookstore, died Saturday at a care facility in suburban Norridge.”

Read the full obituary by architecture critic Blair Kamin in the February 13, 2018 Chicago Tribune here.

Bill will be missed by all who knew him.

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