The Conservation Center
Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

The Conservation Center

This very special tour with CEO Heather Becker, offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes experience of the country’s largest, private art conservation laboratory.  Guests engage with conservators and learn about the latest conservation techniques in each discipline.  Conservators will introduce their current work on a Chinese ceramic from the Glessner House collection and share insights on the conservation, preservation, and care of the piece.

 

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Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party

SOLD OUT! Be Your Own Architect!  Come create a holiday masterpiece at Glessner House’s third annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party!  Create your own mini gingerbread house to take home.  All supplies are included.  We’ll have lots of helpers, so no previous decorating experience is necessary.  We’re offering two event times, 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm. Select time at checkout. Advance registration is required as space and supplies are limited. This event is recommended for ages 3-13 – children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Gingerbread Architecture Competition
Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

Gingerbread Architecture Competition

Assemble your team of friends and show off your construction skills at our 2018 Gingerbread Architecture Competition!  We’ll supply materials and refreshments, you can just show up and create your dream home (feel free to bring more supplies if you want, but everything must be edible).  You’ll have two hours to realize your confectionery architectural masterpiece.  No experience with graham cracker construction? No problem. Unfamiliar construction technology has never stopped architects before!

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.  These special tours are being presented for the first time in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org

 

 

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Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

Christmas Candlelight Tour

These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours start every fifteen minutes with the last tour starting at 6:45pm.

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Christmas Candlelight Tour
Dec
9
5:30 PM17:30

Christmas Candlelight Tour

These special 45-minute docent led tours will highlight Christmas customs and decorations of the late 19th century. The house will feature elaborate decorations of the period including a live tree decorated with period ornaments, toys and holiday crafts, and the dining table set for an eight-course Christmas feast. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments in the coach house.  Tours begin every fifteen minutes with the last tour starting at 6:45pm.

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Prairie Avenue Style: Holiday Edition
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Prairie Avenue Style: Holiday Edition

To mark the holiday season in turn-of-the-century Chicago, society women decorated their houses and embellished their tables, as well as dressed for the occasion in high style. This talk will look at all things festive and fashionable on Prairie Avenue in the late 1800s through 1910. This presentation will be given by Debra N. Mancoff, a popular lecturer who explores the interconnections of art, fashion, and culture. She is a Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library, and is the author of numerous books.

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A Walk Through Time
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

A Walk Through Time

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception with live jazz music, appetizers from local restaurants, and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

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