While H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House is world famous, less well known is the Chicago house that he designed for the Glessners’ friends Franklin and Emily MacVeagh. The MacVeagh House, which stood on North Lake Drive until it was demolished in 1922, had many similarities to Glessner House, but several key differences. These two houses were both designed near the end of Richardson’s career, for clients who were a part of the same social world, but for clients who had very different goals in the building of their houses. They give an excellent opportunity both to examine Richardson’s varied responses to his clients and to consider just what makes for a successful house.
$10 per person / $8 for museum members