House Museum offers guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National
Historic Landmark and Clarke House (1836), the City's oldest surviving
building located in the adjacent Chicago Women's Park and Gardens. Tours
are led by trained docents and last approximately one hour in each house.
are open year-round, except for major holidays.
Glessner House Museum
Wednesday through Sunday
1:00 and 3:00 pm
Clarke House Museum
Wednesday through Sunday
12:00 noon and 2:00 pm
J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History
and third Thursdays at 11:00am
and fourth Saturdays at 2:00pm
have lived with these things and enjoyed them; they are a part of our
lives. We don’t realize how many they are and how much a part of
us they are until we begin to catalogue them in our minds.”
John Glessner, The Story of a House
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J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History Fund
On December 1, 2014 we opened the temporary Simmerling Gallery showcasing
highlights from the extensive collection gifted to us after the passing
of Jack Simmerling in July 2013. Our long-term goal is to convert
the 1,250 foot space over the coach house into a permanent gallery that
can accommodate a much larger portion of the collection. Working
with architects from Krueck + Sexton, we have developed plans that show
what the space will look like when complete.
The projected cost
of the new gallery is $422,000 with an additional $50,000 needed for conservation
of artifacts and artwork, and the creation of custom display cases and
exhibit mounts. Donations large and small are now being accepted
for the permanent gallery and work will begin once funding is in hand.
Donations may be made by downloading a donation form here.
Tours of the temporary
gallery are offered on the first and third Thursdays at 11:00am and on
the second and fourth Saturdays at 2:00pm. Call 312-326-1480 for
more information or to make reservations.
Bough Wallpaper Fund
We are very pleased
to announce that we have reached our goal of $40,000 for the recreation
and installation of the Morris & Co. Double Bough wallpaper in the
corner guestroom. Thank you to the Daughters of the American Revolution
and the Paul Bechtner Foundation, each of which provided $10,000 grants
to the project, as well as the many additional funders who made generous
contributions. We look forward to installing the wallpaper in late
spring 2015, and at long last, completing the restoration of the corner
At Glessner House
Museum, our work is three-fold: to preserve and protect our National Historic
Landmark; to care for our remarkable decorative arts collection; and to
interpret the building and its contents, as well as the history of the
Glessner family and Chicago, through tours, exhibits, educational outreach,
and public programming.
Gifts from generous
friends of Glessner House Museum account for 86% of our annual operating
expenses. As is true with many museums, fees from tours, programs and
seasonal events generate only a small fraction of what is needed to cover
expenses. Our annual fund covers the gap between earned income and expenses
for tours, educational programs, communications, staffing and basic month-to-month
maintenance of our historic landmark building.
Your support for the annual fund through memberships and contributions
will help us continue and improve the tours and educational programs that
we offer. Your support will also help us expand our audience, so that
more people can experience wonder at the architecture of Henry Hobson
Richardson, enjoy the Museum's collections, and feel immersed in the history
of Chicago as it was during the heyday of Prairie Avenue.
To make a contribution
to Glessner House Museum, download a form by clicking here.
a member of Glessner House Museum, you will enjoy free admission for guided
tours of the museum's period rooms, and you'll help secure the future
of this national architectural treasure.
To become a member of Glessner
House Museum, download a form by clicking here.
are invted to become members of the Glessner House Museum for just $5.00
per year! With a junior membership you will receive:
-a quarterly Junior newsletter;
discounts on children's programming;
for "Junior Members Only" events
appropriate activities for all.
for children ages 3 through 13. Click here
to download a Junior Membership application.
depends on volunteers to give tours, conduct research, help care for the
collection, and a host of other activities. Please email email@example.com
and include your mailing address for a volunteer packet or call 312-326-1480
and request more information.
a volunteer application by clicking here.
House relies on volunteers to give tours of the
Clarke and Glessner Houses to thousands of visitors from all over the
world. As a volunteer docent, your job is to lead an exploration of the
rich topics each house had to offer. Whether your group is a classroom
of school children or people from the neighborhood, there is always the
possibility of insightful dialogue and new discoveries – for the
visitors and for you!
prepare volunteers to give tours, GHM offers an individualized docent
training program that covers architecture, decorative arts and social
history as they relate to each house. New docent training is held annually
over five consecutive Saturdays in late winter/early spring. The
next training will begin on February 20, 2016. Each morning session
begins at 9:30am and concludes at 12:30pm. Docents must commit to
24 hours of volunteering per year, which works out to one 2-hour shift
per month. Docents lead public tours on afternoons Wednesdays through
Sundays, in addition to custom tours which are offered seven days a week.
Occasional continuing education programs through the Docent Council
Invitations and discounts to lectures, programs and special events
10% off on merchandise in the museum gift shop
Annual recognition party
The chance to make connections with people who are interested in the same
things that you are!
Other Volunteer Opportunities
also have volunteer opportunities for those with an interest in the museumand
our work who may be too busy (or just a bit too shy) to make the docent
commitment. We'd love to hear from you, too!
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Tours, exhibits, and public programs are the most visible ways in which
the organization interprets the resources of Glessner House. Another important
method for sharing the cultural riches of the house is the museum's internship
program. Through internships, we provide educational outreach to university
students who come to Glessner House to learn about the architecture, art,
and social history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
as well as the many aspects of museum administration. Staff works closely
with the students to determine internship objectives and to set project
priorities. Many Glessner House interns are fulfilling a degree requirement
and will receive course credit; several of our interns have come to Glessner
House to experience working in the museum field before making an academic
or professional commitment.
Glessner House has so many resources that we are able to take students
from a wide variety of fields: historic preservation, decorative arts,
museum studies, history and more. We provide interns with knowledge and
training they can take with them into their careers, placing each student
into a working environment where each becomes part of the Glessner House
team. Here we are able to take that one step further and combine the theory
with hands-on professional training and real work experience.
Download an internship
application by clicking here.
House Museum offers research opportunities for those interested in the
Glessner Family, Henry Hobson Richardson, Isaac Scott, architecture, historic
preservation, decorative arts, social history, and Chicago history during
the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as it pertains to the Glessner
family and the Prairie Avenue District.
Limited resources include historic photographs, family papers, restoration
files, drawings, and various published articles. The archives may be accessed
by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.