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.
House Museum engages
Glessner House Museum is proud to be a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We welcome all National Trust members to receive free admission and a 10% discount in our museum store when visiting our site. Visit www.PreservationNation.org/DistinctiveDestinations for more information.
Note: See end of list for recurring and children's programs
A Walk Through Time: Interior Tour of Prairie Avenue Mansions
Sunday June 9, 2013
Treasures from the Collection VI
Thursday June 27, 2013
Sunday August 18, 2013
Tour: Lake Geneva and
Sunday August 24, 2013
Sunday September 15, 2013
Sunday September 29, 2013
Family Day at Clarke House Museum
Saturday October 12, 2013
Sunday October 20, 2013
Lecture: The Architecture of Benjamin Marshall
Saturday October 26, 2013
Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue
Saturday October 26 and
Sunday October 27, 2013
Veteran's Brunch sponsored by Clarke House Museum
Saturday November 9, 2013
Christmas Candlelight Tours
Saturday December 14 and
Tuesdays beginning June 18 and continuing through August 6, 2013 at 10:00am
Campout in the Courtyard
Friday evenings -
June 28, July 19,
and August 9, 2013 starting at 4:00pm for tent set up.
Free admission to members of the military and their families through Labor Day 2013.
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.|