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The Glessner House Museum store offers a modest selection of Glessner House, Clarke House, and Victorian inspired merchandise for sale in the Visitors' Center (where all tours begin and end). You can select items from books on the Arts & Crafts movement, architecture, and Chicago history to William Morris inspired items to special souvenirs of your visit.

If you have any questions or are looking for a specific item, please call 312-326-1480.


bill tyre's historic prairie avenue book

The Story of a House

John J. Glessner, author
with an introduction by William Tyre

This is a complete reprint of a fascinating manuscript written in 1923 by John Glessner for his children.  In the book, Glessner details the building of their home at 1800 South Prairie Avenue, his thoughts on H. H. Richardson and his impact on American architecture, and the important role the house played in the lives of the Glessner family over 35 years.  Illustrated with more than 60 photographs taken in 1923 by the firm of Kaufmann & Fabry.  A Glessner House exclusive!

Publisher: Glessner House Museum, 2011
Paperback, $14.95

Henry Hobson Richardson: Architect of the Glessner House

James F. O'Gorman , author

This booklet serves as a companion to the permanent exhibit on Henry Hobson Richardson installed in the visitors' center of Glessner House Museum.  The exhibit is divided into four sections:  biography, major works, impact on Chicago, and the design of Glessner House.  The final section illustrates additional important works.  James F. O'Gorman is professor emeritus in the Wellesley College Department of Art.  He is widely acclaimed as an author, lecturer, editor, consultant, and historian.  His other works include H. H. Richardson: Architectural Forms for an American Society; Three American Architects: Richardson, Sullivan and Wright, 1865-1915; and Living Architecture: A Biography of H. H. Richardson.

Publisher:  Glessner House Museum, 2011
Paperback, $6.50



Chicago's Historic Prairie Avenue

William Tyre, author

Prairie Avenue evolved into Chicago's most exclusive residential street during the last three decades of the 19th century. The city's wealthiest citizens - Marshall Field, Philip Armour, and George Pullman - were soon joined by dozens of Chicago's business, social, and civic leaders, establishing a neighborhood that the Chicago Herald proclaimed "a cluster of millionaires not to be matched for numbers anywhere else in the country." This book, part of the Images of America series, contains over 200 historic photographs and traces the history of the area from 1812 to the present day.

Publisher: Arcadia Press, 2008

Paperback, $19.99

postcards of america: chicago's historic prairie avenue

Postcards of America: Chicago's Historic Prairie Avenue

This booklet features fifteen selected views from the main volume (shown above) formatted for use as postcards. Informative captions on the reverse of each card provide details on the houses and other buildings featured.

Publisher: Arcadia Press, 2008
Paperback, $7.99

prairie avenue cookbook

Prairie Avenue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from Prominent

19th-Century Chicago Families

Carol Callahan, author

This unique cookbook provides recipes taken from prominent 19th century households along Prairie Avenue. All recipes have been tested and modernized for today's cook. Illustrated with photographs of Prairie Avenue homes and its residents, this cookbook is filled with fascinating anecdotes and facts about the social history of Chicago.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, 1993

Hardcover, $38.50





The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

Olivia Newport, author

Set at the corner of Prairie Avenue and 18th Street, this novel gives an inside look at the rich and powerful on the eve of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  Olivia Newport transports readers to a time of opulence in the first installment in the Avenue of Dreams series.  Although the story is fictional, it is deeply rooted in the history of Prairie Avenue, with countless references to the actual people who lived on the street during its heyday in the 1890s.  The second and third installments in the series, The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow and The Invention of Sarah Cummings have also been released.  All three volumes are available in the museum store.

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2012
Paperback: $14.99




Clarke House: Chicago's Oldest Building

Becky LaBarre, editor

The fascinating history of Chicago's oldest building, constructed in 1836.  Learn about Henry and Caroline Clarke for whom the house was built, the subsequent owners, and the acquisition of the house in 1977 by the City of Chicago and the move to its present location in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.  The collection of furniture and decorative arts, owned by The National Society of The Colonial Dames in America in the State of Illinois, is lavishly illustrated.

Publisher:  Clarke House Museum, 2011

Paperback:  $14.95



The Prairie School Review

This publication, issued quarterly between 1964 and 1976, was an important contribution to the field of architectural history and helped to define this critical period.  Articles by prominent architectural historians feature important scholarship on the leading architects of the day and their influence.  Glessner House Museum is the sole repository for back issues, which are sold as single issues and in complete sets.  Click here for an index to articles.

Publisher:  The Prairie School Press, 1964 - 1976

Single issues: $10.00
Complete set (49 issues): $490.00

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