Glessner 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. All tours begin at our Visitor's Center located at Glessner House Museum and are timed so that the two houses may be toured back-to-back.
We are open year-round, except for major holidays
New Year's Day
1:00 and 3:00 pm
12:00 noon and 2:00 pm
For further information, please call 312-326-1480.
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Note: See end of list for recurring programs
Shadows on the Street:
Haunted Tours of Prairie Avenue
Lecture on Victorian Silver "Romancing the Spoon"
Sunday November 2, 2014
Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures
Thursday November 13, 2014
Houses Decorated for the Holidays
Wednesday November 26, 2014 through Sunday January 4, 2015
Opening of the John
J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History
Exploring the Lives of the Glessners' Servants
Tuesday December 9, 2014
Christmas Candlelight Tours
Saturday December 13 and
Sunday December 14, 2014
5:30, 6:00, and 6:30pm
Private Tour of the Auditorium Building with Historian Bart Swindall
John H. Waters
Pretyman's designs for spaces in several Burnham and Root buildings were
his most elaborate. They included the banking room for the Society
for Savings in Cleveland (1890), Charles Gossage & Co. a dry goods
store in the first floor and basement of the Reliance Building (1891),
and Willard Hall, the assembly room for the Women's Temple at the corner
of Monroe and State (1892). Of these interiors only the Society
for Savings remains. (See further information below).
banking room interior William Pretyman designed for Burnham and Root's
Society for Savings Building in Cleveland is his only interior, other
than the Glessner House parlor, known to survive. The banking room
fills most of the first floor of the building and, like the Glessner parlor,
its walls are covered with stenciled decoration. Pretyman also designed
the elaborate leaded glass skylight for the space.
Through the Years with the Glessners
Journals courtesy of the Chicago History Museum
The Glessners Dedicate Their Home
Years Ago (1887)
December 1: Yesterday we continued our moving, bringing down quite a number of things. We found a car load of our furniture had come from Davenport, and had it brought here unloaded and most of it unpacked. It is very beautiful. Today we moved by the wagon load - and slept here the first night. No one knew that we had been moving, every thing was taken in the alley way and unpacked in the court yard.
December 4: Today we took a carriage and went to the old home. It looked very forlorn. We kindled a fire in the library and I lighted a lantern which I had carried over and brought the light home - then from that I lighted a fire here in the library. Prof. Swing came. After we had a lovely chat, we went all over the house, then the Prof. read a few verses from the 5th chapter of Matthew and made a beautiful prayer. Now I feel that the house is dedicated, and so ends a very happy day and prosperous beginning.
|Explore the archives of our newsletter to read more about our collections and Mrs. Glessner's journal.|