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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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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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