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Women in Preservation: Despres, Fields, and Garbe!!!  May 27!!  Sign up now!!Ruth Moore Garbe was an outspoken member of...
05/10/2021

Women in Preservation: Despres, Fields, and Garbe!!! May 27!! Sign up now!!
Ruth Moore Garbe was an outspoken member of the Chicago Landmarks Commission, not afraid to vote against the rest of the commission when she felt a building was worthy of protection. She is seen here in 1973 with Mayor Richard J. Daley during the announcement of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Join us on Thursday May 27, to learn more about Marian Despres, Jeanette Fields, and Ruth Moore Garbe in our special program “Women in Preservation.” Sign up here! https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/27/women-in-preservation
#historicpreservation, #preservationmonth, #landmarks, #chicagolandmarks, #ruthmooregarbe

Women in Preservation: Despres, Fields, and Garbe!!! May 27!! Sign up now!!
Ruth Moore Garbe was an outspoken member of the Chicago Landmarks Commission, not afraid to vote against the rest of the commission when she felt a building was worthy of protection. She is seen here in 1973 with Mayor Richard J. Daley during the announcement of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Join us on Thursday May 27, to learn more about Marian Despres, Jeanette Fields, and Ruth Moore Garbe in our special program “Women in Preservation.” Sign up here! https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/27/women-in-preservation
#historicpreservation, #preservationmonth, #landmarks, #chicagolandmarks, #ruthmooregarbe

May is Preservation Month!!!   -During Preservation Month, organizations and individuals across the country celebrate an...
05/08/2021

May is Preservation Month!!!
-During Preservation Month, organizations and individuals across the country celebrate and promote historic places that matter to them, demonstrating the social and economic benefits that historic preservation has on our communities. The impact is so significant that what began as National Preservation Week in 1973 was expanded to Preservation Month in 2005.
-As a part of this month, you are encouraged to share the places that matter to you most - which presumably includes Glessner House if you are reading this!
-How can you help spread the word about Glessner House? It is easy! Simply share your favorite photos of Glessner House online with the hashtags #ThisPlaceMatters and #GlessnerHouse so that others can learn why the house is special to you.
-Consider, for example:
What do you like most about Glessner House?
What would be lost if Glessner House didn't exist anymore?
How were you first introduced to Glessner House?
-In honor of Preservation Month, we are pleased to offer special programming, including the second part of our series, "Moving Architecture," and a salute to significant women who left their mark on Glessner House and the Prairie Avenue Historic District.
-Also during the month, we have placed on display a series of photos of the house taken by Richard Nickel in 1965, when the house was for sale. Each photo is placed in the room in which it was originally taken, allowing our visitors to compare how the room looked in 1965 and how it looks today. The photograph below shows the main hall, with the abandoned reception desk for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation still in place in front of the curved door.

May is Preservation Month!!!
-During Preservation Month, organizations and individuals across the country celebrate and promote historic places that matter to them, demonstrating the social and economic benefits that historic preservation has on our communities. The impact is so significant that what began as National Preservation Week in 1973 was expanded to Preservation Month in 2005.
-As a part of this month, you are encouraged to share the places that matter to you most - which presumably includes Glessner House if you are reading this!
-How can you help spread the word about Glessner House? It is easy! Simply share your favorite photos of Glessner House online with the hashtags #ThisPlaceMatters and #GlessnerHouse so that others can learn why the house is special to you.
-Consider, for example:
What do you like most about Glessner House?
What would be lost if Glessner House didn't exist anymore?
How were you first introduced to Glessner House?
-In honor of Preservation Month, we are pleased to offer special programming, including the second part of our series, "Moving Architecture," and a salute to significant women who left their mark on Glessner House and the Prairie Avenue Historic District.
-Also during the month, we have placed on display a series of photos of the house taken by Richard Nickel in 1965, when the house was for sale. Each photo is placed in the room in which it was originally taken, allowing our visitors to compare how the room looked in 1965 and how it looks today. The photograph below shows the main hall, with the abandoned reception desk for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation still in place in front of the curved door.

Have you ever wondered about The Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio?  And would you like to learn more???...
05/07/2021

Have you ever wondered about The Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio? And would you like to learn more?????
Join us on Tuesday May 18 when author Lisa Schrenk explores Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio in Oak Park, the subject of her new book, "The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright." Find out about the architects who worked there, and how the ideas generated in the studio influenced American architecture for decades. Sign up right here (!):
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/18/the-evolution-of-frank-lloyd-wrights-oak-park-studio
#prairieschool, #franklloydwright, #wrighthomeandstudio, #wrightinoakpark

Have you ever wondered about The Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio? And would you like to learn more?????
Join us on Tuesday May 18 when author Lisa Schrenk explores Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio in Oak Park, the subject of her new book, "The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright." Find out about the architects who worked there, and how the ideas generated in the studio influenced American architecture for decades. Sign up right here (!):
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/18/the-evolution-of-frank-lloyd-wrights-oak-park-studio
#prairieschool, #franklloydwright, #wrighthomeandstudio, #wrightinoakpark

Don't forget!  Moving Architecture programs are coming up!Tomorrow night – Moving Architecture Part I, limited tickets r...
05/05/2021

Don't forget! Moving Architecture programs are coming up!
Tomorrow night – Moving Architecture Part I, limited tickets remain! On Thursday May 6, Chris Enck, an architectural façade restoration consultant, shares his story of saving and moving the 1928 John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving House. Part II of Moving Architecture, which discusses the move of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Glencoe, takes place on June 3. Buy tickets for both parts and save 10%! Sign up right here:
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/6/moving-architecture-part-i#prairieschool, #historicpreservation, #preservationmonth, #johnvanbergen, #oldhouses, #architecture, #chrisenck

Don't forget! Moving Architecture programs are coming up!
Tomorrow night – Moving Architecture Part I, limited tickets remain! On Thursday May 6, Chris Enck, an architectural façade restoration consultant, shares his story of saving and moving the 1928 John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving House. Part II of Moving Architecture, which discusses the move of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Glencoe, takes place on June 3. Buy tickets for both parts and save 10%! Sign up right here:
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/6/moving-architecture-part-i#prairieschool, #historicpreservation, #preservationmonth, #johnvanbergen, #oldhouses, #architecture, #chrisenck

Hot off the presses today!  PART 3 of the story of our neighbor:  The Chicago Woman's Park and Gardens.....
05/05/2021
The Chicago Women's Park and Gardens - Part III — Glessner House

Hot off the presses today! PART 3 of the story of our neighbor: The Chicago Woman's Park and Gardens.....

In Part I of our series, we looked at the early history of the site now occupied by the Women’s Park, including the houses that originally stood there. In Part II, we examined the various proposals created through the years to transform the four-acre parcel of land south of Glessner House into a s...

Don't forget our "Women in Preservation: Despres, Fields, and Garbe" program!!!  To celebrate Historic Preservation Mont...
05/03/2021
ONLINE - Women in Preservation: Despres, Fields, and Garbe — Glessner House

Don't forget our "Women in Preservation: Despres, Fields, and Garbe" program!!!
To celebrate Historic Preservation Month 2021, we will focus on the accomplishments of three visionary women who made a significant impact on Glessner House, the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and the Chicagoland area. Join us on Thursday May 27, to learn more about Marian Despres, Jeanette Fields, and Ruth Moore Garbe! Register right here:
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/27/women-in-preservation

#historicpreservation, #preservationmonth, #hydepark, #oakpark

To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, we honor three women who had a profound impact on Glessner House, the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and the greater Chicagoland area: Glessner House co-founder Marian Despres, executive director Jeanette Fields, and Ruth Moore Garbe, chair of the Prairie

How about working a virtual Jigsaw Puzzle on this lazy Sunday afternoon???  Of George Glessner's Bedroom!!!?? Take a ste...
05/02/2021

How about working a virtual Jigsaw Puzzle on this lazy Sunday afternoon??? Of George Glessner's Bedroom!!!??
Take a step inside George Glessner's recently restored bedroom with this 24-piece virtual jigsaw puzzle. The combination of the restored mouldings, recreated closet doors, Morris & Co. "Poppy" wallpaper and "Tulip" drapes gives one a real sense of how the room felt when George was in residence. The image below, by photographer James Caulfield, also shows the spectacular carved walnut mantel made in 1877 by Isaac Scott for the Glessners' library in their Washington Street home! Click here for some jigsaw puzzle fun: https://www.glessnerhouse.org/georges-bedroom

How about working a virtual Jigsaw Puzzle on this lazy Sunday afternoon??? Of George Glessner's Bedroom!!!??
Take a step inside George Glessner's recently restored bedroom with this 24-piece virtual jigsaw puzzle. The combination of the restored mouldings, recreated closet doors, Morris & Co. "Poppy" wallpaper and "Tulip" drapes gives one a real sense of how the room felt when George was in residence. The image below, by photographer James Caulfield, also shows the spectacular carved walnut mantel made in 1877 by Isaac Scott for the Glessners' library in their Washington Street home! Click here for some jigsaw puzzle fun: https://www.glessnerhouse.org/georges-bedroom

It's Saturday!!  And you may want to be artistic this weekend, right??????  If so, Color Our Collection!!  Print and go-...
05/01/2021

It's Saturday!! And you may want to be artistic this weekend, right?????? If so, Color Our Collection!! Print and go--we have 26 choices now on the link below! For example, this spectacular drinking cup is illustrated in "Drinking-Cups, Vases, Ewers and Ornaments Designed for the Use of Gold and Silversmiths,"
twenty-one facsimiles of extremely rare etchings by Virgil Solis, published by James Rimell of London in 1862. Print out the illustration to color, and then search for elements including a butterfly, spider, snake, and mythical faun. Have fun!!
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/color-our-collections

It's Saturday!! And you may want to be artistic this weekend, right?????? If so, Color Our Collection!! Print and go--we have 26 choices now on the link below! For example, this spectacular drinking cup is illustrated in "Drinking-Cups, Vases, Ewers and Ornaments Designed for the Use of Gold and Silversmiths,"
twenty-one facsimiles of extremely rare etchings by Virgil Solis, published by James Rimell of London in 1862. Print out the illustration to color, and then search for elements including a butterfly, spider, snake, and mythical faun. Have fun!!
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/color-our-collections

Don't forget about our wonderful Moving Architecture programs!!!!Don’t miss the two-part series on moving architecture i...
04/30/2021

Don't forget about our wonderful Moving Architecture programs!!!!
Don’t miss the two-part series on moving architecture in celebration of historic preservation month. The first, on May 6, features Chris Enck, an architectural façade restoration consultant, shares his story of saving and moving the 1928 John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving House. Buy tickets right here, and for both parts and save 10%!
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/6/moving-architecture-part-i
#prairieschool, #historicpreservation, #preservationmonth, #johnvanbergen, #oldhouses, #architecture, #chrisenck

Don't forget about our wonderful Moving Architecture programs!!!!
Don’t miss the two-part series on moving architecture in celebration of historic preservation month. The first, on May 6, features Chris Enck, an architectural façade restoration consultant, shares his story of saving and moving the 1928 John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving House. Buy tickets right here, and for both parts and save 10%!
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/6/moving-architecture-part-i
#prairieschool, #historicpreservation, #preservationmonth, #johnvanbergen, #oldhouses, #architecture, #chrisenck

The Chen String Quartet was at the Glessner House Tonight playing away in the Coach House!!!!!
04/30/2021

The Chen String Quartet was at the Glessner House Tonight playing away in the Coach House!!!!!

-The Glessners and the Spanish American War?!?!?!  Yep!! There's an interesting connection in the collection!!!  -The Sp...
04/29/2021

-The Glessners and the Spanish American War?!?!?! Yep!! There's an interesting connection in the collection!!!
-The Spanish-American War was fought between Spain and the United States over a ten-week period in the spring of 1898, with battles taking place in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. On April 20, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution demanding Spain's withdrawal from Cuba. The next day, Spain severed its diplomatic relations with the U.S.; the same day, the U.S. Navy began a blockade of Cuba, and the war was underway.
-John J. Glessner was interested in acquiring a souvenir of the brief war, and in January 1899 purchased the small silverplate coffeepot shown above, for which he paid the considerable sum of $150. The body of the coffee pot is engraved with CC (Cristobal Colon, Spanish for Christopher Columbus) and the royal Spanish crown. The base is inscribed, "From the official table service of the Christobal Colon, Flagship of the Spanish Admiral Cervera, Captured at the Battle of Santiago, July 3d, 1898." Documents confirming its authenticity and how the piece was "rescued" before the ship was sunk, were included with the purchase and remain in the Glessner House archive.

-The Glessners and the Spanish American War?!?!?! Yep!! There's an interesting connection in the collection!!!
-The Spanish-American War was fought between Spain and the United States over a ten-week period in the spring of 1898, with battles taking place in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. On April 20, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution demanding Spain's withdrawal from Cuba. The next day, Spain severed its diplomatic relations with the U.S.; the same day, the U.S. Navy began a blockade of Cuba, and the war was underway.
-John J. Glessner was interested in acquiring a souvenir of the brief war, and in January 1899 purchased the small silverplate coffeepot shown above, for which he paid the considerable sum of $150. The body of the coffee pot is engraved with CC (Cristobal Colon, Spanish for Christopher Columbus) and the royal Spanish crown. The base is inscribed, "From the official table service of the Christobal Colon, Flagship of the Spanish Admiral Cervera, Captured at the Battle of Santiago, July 3d, 1898." Documents confirming its authenticity and how the piece was "rescued" before the ship was sunk, were included with the purchase and remain in the Glessner House archive.

The Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio!!!  A wonderful virtual program coming up!!  Tens of thousands of ...
04/28/2021

The Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio!!! A wonderful virtual program coming up!! Tens of thousands of people each year visit Wright’s studio in Oak Park, which served as the center of his architectural practice between 1898 and 1909. In this talk by author Lisa Schrenk on May 6, learn what life was like inside the studio and how the ideas shaped and influenced the course of American architecture for decades. (Image below by James Caulfield) Sign up here:
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/18/the-evolution-of-frank-lloyd-wrights-oak-park-studio
#prairieschool, #franklloydwright, #wrighthomeandstudio, #wrightinoakpark

The Evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio!!! A wonderful virtual program coming up!! Tens of thousands of people each year visit Wright’s studio in Oak Park, which served as the center of his architectural practice between 1898 and 1909. In this talk by author Lisa Schrenk on May 6, learn what life was like inside the studio and how the ideas shaped and influenced the course of American architecture for decades. (Image below by James Caulfield) Sign up here:
https://www.glessnerhouse.org/programs/2021/5/18/the-evolution-of-frank-lloyd-wrights-oak-park-studio
#prairieschool, #franklloydwright, #wrighthomeandstudio, #wrightinoakpark

Our latest Object of the Month!  The discovery of this small medicine bottle during excavation for our geothermal system...
04/27/2021

Our latest Object of the Month! The discovery of this small medicine bottle during excavation for our geothermal system, led us on an interesting trail to learn more about the pharmacy that issued it--and when it was made, who probably purchased it, and how long it has been in the ground. Dive into a bit of urban archaeology with this month's installment of Object of the Month!!! Click here to read the fascinating story: https://www.glessnerhouse.org/the-collectionmedicine

Our latest Object of the Month! The discovery of this small medicine bottle during excavation for our geothermal system, led us on an interesting trail to learn more about the pharmacy that issued it--and when it was made, who probably purchased it, and how long it has been in the ground. Dive into a bit of urban archaeology with this month's installment of Object of the Month!!! Click here to read the fascinating story: https://www.glessnerhouse.org/the-collectionmedicine

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1800 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL
60616

The number 3 and 4 buses stop at Michigan and 18th Streets. Walk two blocks east and the entrance to the museum is at 18th St. and Prairie Avenue. The Metra Electric line has a flag stop at 18th Street as well. The McCormick Place stop is a 5 to 7 minute walk. The closest El stop is at Roosevelt. The Red, Green and Orange lines stop there. Non-permit parking is limited to 18th Street, Indiana Avenue, and Michigan Avenue.

General information

Our mission is to spark excitement in architecture, history, and design through a dynamic exploration of Glessner House, its family, and its preservation. The House is open to visitors by advanced ticket only on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:30am, 1:00, and 2:30pm. Tours last about 60 minutes and start at the Glessner House Visitors Center located in the coach house. Admission is $20 for adults, and $17 for seniors (age 60+) and students (ages 13-18). No children under 13 are permitted at this time. Our page is a positive space. We maintain a negativity policy. Aggressive, insulting, profane, hostile, or overly negative comments will be deleted. Users who post them will be blocked or banned.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:30 - 15:30
Friday 11:30 - 15:30
Saturday 11:30 - 15:30

Telephone

(312) 326-1480

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Hot off the presses today!! The awaited PART 3 of the story of our neighbor: the wonderful Chicago Woman's Park and Gardens!
Congratulations #GlessnerHouse on your Silver Lining Award! Well deserved. At a time where we all need to believe something good can come out of something so devasting, the Glessner House has been the Silver Lining for us! William Morris once said, “Fellowship is Heaven." Fellowship starts and ends at #GlessnerHouse. ❤️👏🎻 #AssociationofMidwestMuseums
Dear FBF, I am so excited!! I just finished writing my Keynote Speech for Literacy Chicago's 50th Anniversary Gala and I decided to look at the location of the Gala....OMG! I simply can't believe how blessed my life truly is. I am actually going to be speaking in a magnificent example of Chicago architecture. The event will held on October 25, 2018, at the world renown Glessner House Museum, in a courtyard so beautiful that it was voted one of the top places to have a wedding in Chicago. To all my friends and fellow Toastmasters I humbly invite all of you to come and share this very special moment with me. Go to Literacy Chicago.org, tickets are still available. FBF, twenty-six years ago, a "Book" saved and changed my life. Please support my friend/fellow Toastmaster Joanne Telser-Frere and this incredible organization. There are over 900,000 adults in Chicago that can't read past the third grade level. I am so proud and honored to be apart of something so important as spreading the Power of Literacy. Thank you for your support.
I enjoyed reading this short article and watching the 3 minute video. I was reminded of the early efforts of Jack Simmerling to capture the mansions of Prairie Avenue before they were torn down. I was also reminded of Frances Glessner Lee and her incredible Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death that were replicated crime scenes used to teach law enforcement officers how to become better Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs). Note the "Nutshell Studies" will be on display in BOSTON at the Fine Arts Museum, October 13, 2018-January 21, 2019.
Come see "Burnham's Dream: The White City" musical next month! Tickets available between June 7th and July 1st. Get your tickets before they're gone...
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Winter Wonderland
Court yard in Summer 1923 The Story of a House , J.J.Glessner
Snowfall at Glessner House, February 10, 2018
Visited Glessner House Museum in Chicago. Had a great tour thanks to Sandy, our friendly and informative docent who made the experience fun and enjoyable. #glessnerhouse #glessnerhousemuseum #chicago
Thanks for your mention of Burnham's Dream: The White City, our new musical. Here's the announcement. We had a concert performance of an earlier version at Glessner House a few years ago to a capacity audience! Thank you for your continued support for this Chicago musical about the 1890s. June Finfer, Lost and Found Productions