About Glessner House Museum

Glessner House Museum offers guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National Historic Landmark. Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately 75 minutes.  All tours begin at our Visitor's Center located inside the main Prairie Avenue entrance.  Please see Glessner House Tours for tour times and admission fees.

Tours of the John J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History showcasing his artwork and architectural artifacts gathered over six decades are also offered by appointment.

We are open year-round, except for major holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Like house museums? Then you'll love At Home in Chicago!

Glessner House Museum is a proud member of At Home in Chicago, a group of historic house museums that have banded together to tell Chicago’s stories in a new way.

At Home in Chicago is a diverse family of more than twenty former residences spanning nearly 180 years of the region’s history. Each house museum, with its distinctive architecture and collections, is a living artifact of the fascinating lives of people who shaped, or were shaped by, the city. Large or small, famous or idiosyncratic, each has a unique and essential story to tell.

Bringing them together for the first time, At Home in Chicago makes planning your visit easy. But this is also a journey of discovery, and a chance to explore the unexpected common threads—cultural, historical, architectural—that knit us together.

Discover what we share in common, search for us on a regional mapbrowse the museums, and more!


 

 

American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip Program

Glessner House Museum is proud to announce a new partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians for the 2016-2017 school year.  Utilizing a grant of from the Society's American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip Program, the Museum will offer tours of Glessner House and the Prairie Avenue Historic District to students in high schools from underserved neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side.  Tours will focus on key sites tied to the various economic, social, and other factors that have shaped the area's history in the past 150 years.  Tours will encourage students from historically African American neighborhoods to consider the factors that have both shaped and destroyed Chicago's cultural heritage.  Students will be asked to think about how the neighborhood, and the South Side as a whole, will continue to evolve and redefine itself in the 21st century.  Discussions will consider how historic preservation can play a defining role in the process, particularly in neighborhoods that have experienced economic decline and disinvestment in the 20th century.


Staff Directory

Please call (312) 326-1480 for all staff members.

William Tyre
Executive Director & Curator
wtyre@glessnerhouse.org

Becky LaBarre
Assistant Director
rlabarre@glessnerhouse.org

Gwen Carion
Museum Coordinator
gcarrion@glessnerhouse.org


Board of Directors

Barbara Gordon, President
Nina Botting Herbst, Vice President
Deb Carey, Treasurer
Mary Woolever, Secretary
Rolf Achilles
David Bea
Mary Glerum
Charles Hasbrouck
Rev. James M. Moody
Elliott Otis
Maurice D. Parrish
Barry Sears
Tanya Silvio

Ex-Officio Members
Camilla Burgess, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois
Rosemary Garrett, Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
Jennifer Masengarb, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois
Karen Oliver, Glessner House Museum Docent Council
Pauline Saliga, Society of Architectural Historians
John Waters, Glessner House Museum House & Collections Committee