Wilbert Hasbrouck, renowned Chicago preservation architect and co-owner of Prairie Avenue Bookshop, dies at 86

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9m/9moj3hbpd7nrbwha.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, a pioneering Chicago preservation architect who breathed new life into buildings designed by some of the city&rsquo;s renowned architects and co-owned a beloved architectural bookstore, died Saturday at a care facility in suburban Norridge.
A longtime Chicago resident, Hasbrouck was 86. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his son Charles, a director at the Chicago architectural firm of bKL.

Over a 40 year career, Hasbrouck renovated buildings such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, William Le Baron Jenney's Manhattan Building skyscraper, and Louis Sullivan's  Peoples Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, along with several of Chicago’s important 19th-century buildings.  He and his wife Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck co-edited and published an architectural magazine named the Prairie School Review. This publication promoted the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and other architects well before their work became revered. Marilyn Hasbrouck eventually opened the Prairie Avenue
to help support the magazine, which became a highly respected architectural bookshop in Chicago. 
Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck at her Prairie Avenue Bookshop in Chicago. Image: Glessner House Museum.

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