10910 S. Prospect Ave.
Visit one of the oldest homes in the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park community, located within the Ridge Historic District. The home’s original (rear) portion dates to 1874 and was built for real estate magnate John Ingersoll. A Queen Anne style expansion was added the following decade for new owner Isaac Blackwelder, president of the then-independent Village of Morgan Park. His wife, Gertrude Blackwelder, was a founder of the Morgan Park Women’s Club and the first woman to cast a vote in Cook County. The home’s main level has elegant Victorian spaces ideal for entertaining, which is the primary use for the house today. The second level, meanwhile, preserves the rustic light-filled art studio of recently deceased longtime owner Jack Simmerling. Some of the antiques and built-ins that remain in the home today are items salvaged by Simmerling from long-gone mansions in Prairie Avenue, Englewood and other Chicago neighborhoods. The home has been on the annual Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour multiple times.
Special weekend programs
Enjoy food, drink and music while viewing physics-inspired sculptures on the grounds of the house. Three sculptures belonging to Guy J. Bellaver's Quarks Series—metal and fiberglass works inspired by high resolution images of particle acceleration and collisions—will be on display.
View a selection of paintings, prints and sculpture by Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli and the home's former longtime owner Jack Simmerling. The art that will be on display is on loan from Tim Samuelson, Chief Historian of the City of Chicago.
Catch a short piano concert at 1pm on Saturday by Brian Goodman, playing jazz and pop standards.