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International Museum of Surgical Science

Eleanor Robinson Countiss Home


1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.


Gold Coast / Near North Side


Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 14: 9am - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available


Howard Van Doren Shaw, 1917



This lakefront mansion now houses the International Museum of Surgical Science. It was originally constructed for Eleanor Robinson Countiss as a wedding gift from her father, an executive at the Diamond Match Company. The Countiss residence was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw in imitation of Le Petit Trianon, a chateau on the grounds of Versailles that Louis XVI gave to Marie Antoinette. Since 1954, the structure has been home to the only museum in North America dedicated to the field of surgery—symbolized in front of the building by Edouard Chassaing’s sculpture "Hope and Help."

Behind the Scenes

Visit the newly opened house history exhibition, "This House Was Once a Home," to see original architectural drawings and historical photographs of the mansion.