Type: Architecture, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
The Glessner House was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, an architect whose work inspired Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. The architect collaborated with John Glessner to design a home symbolizing happy family life, a departure from Gilded Age castle-like structures that the country's newly rich industrialists preferred. Both modern and medieval, H. H. Richardson created a integrated environment that Wright would later emulate. You won't see cavernous empty spaces but rooms asymmetrically connected to each other. The house has been painstakingly restored and preserved and includes an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century furniture and decorative art. The home holds a vast assortment of pieces from the Aesthetic and English Arts and Crafts movements. The collection includes ceramic vases and tiles, silver, engravings, and Art Nouveau glass. Tours are Wed.-Sun. at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
1800 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
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Historic Sites: "Stroll the entire Prairie Avenue District, a historic district that was the site of the Battle of Fort Dearborn."
Best for Historic Sites Because: A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House is an internationally-known architectural treasure.