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Pleasant Home (Farson House)

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Address

217 Home Ave.

Neighborhood

Oak Park

Architect

George Maher, 1897

Description

The John Farson House is a Prairie Style mansion at the corner of Pleasant St. and Home Ave. Herbert Mills purchased the property from Farson in 1910. Then in 1939, Mills sold the mansion and its now-demolished coach house and conservatory to the Park District of Oak Park. Today, the land is known as Mills Park. The mansion's Arts-and-Crafts interior features a breathtaking main foyer, stunning art glass windows and intricate carved wood details tied together by the architect’s signature motifs. Pleasant Home is generally considered to be among the earliest examples of Prairie Style architecture and also one of the best examples of Maher's work. The National Historic Landmark is now operated as a house museum by Pleasant Home Foundation.