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Glessner House

Address

1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Use coach house entrance on 18th

Neighborhood

South Loop / Prairie Avenue

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: Closed

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Architect

Henry Hobson Richardson, 1887

Description

H. H. Richardson's last surviving work in Chicago was commissioned by John and Frances Glessner. This urban residential masterpiece's radical design perplexed neighbors but was quickly embraced by architects for its innovative floor plan. With principal rooms facing inward toward a light-filled private courtyard, it helped create a new American style of residential architecture. An important collection of original furnishings features pieces representing the Aesthetic, Modern Gothic, English and American Arts and Crafts movements. Glessner House was saved from demolition in 1966 thanks to efforts that resulted in the creation of both Glessner House and the Chicago Architecture Center.

Visitor Experience

Join a ten minute tour of the ground floor of one of Chicago's most iconic and influential residential structures.
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