The Bryan Lathrop House on East Bellevue Place was completed in 1893 by Charles F. McKim of the firm, McKim, Mead and White, leading architects of the World's Columbian Exposition. The Georgian Revival house, with its curving bays, was a trendsetter, and foreshadowed the style's popularity in the Gold Coast. For nearly a century now, the house has been home to The Fortnightly, one of Chicago's oldest and most exclusive women's societies (Frances Glessner was a long-time member). Our very special tour will explore the house, the history of The Fortnightly, and the extensive restoration work that has preserved this architectural treasure.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Join us this November for an incredible opportunity to explore the architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson in the city where he rose to become the first nationally respected architect in the U.S. Focusing on his most significant commissions, and selected works of his contemporaries, participants will gain a greater insight into Richardson’s design aesthetic, and understand why he quickly rose to become the most significant American architect in the late 19th century. Numerous sites are included, including private opportunities not offered to the general public. The tour will also include a rare opportunity see Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death which will be on public display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from October 2018 through January 2019. This may well be the last time the Nutshells are publicly shown, due to their fragile condition. Registration deadline is Friday August 10, 2018.
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.
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.
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.