Visit the Glessner House

Thanks to the efforts of three generations of the Glessner family, the house designed by H.H. Richardson survives today as one of the last remaining vestiges of the Gilded Age heyday of Prairie Avenue.

Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Glessner residence was a stark departure from the grand mansions of Prairie Avenue. Exterior walls placed nearly at the property line make room for a generous private courtyard. When completed in 1887, neighbors likened the residence to a prison.

Fortunately, the basic floor plan of the house was never altered over the years. Much of the original space was preserved, and through the generosity of the family many original pieces of furniture, furnishings, and artwork have been restored.

A visit to the Glessner House Museum is a worthwhile springboard to exploring what remains of the historic Prairie Avenue district. The museum’s staff is well-informed and enthusiastic about sharing the story of the Glessner family. Check the museum’s web site for programs and special events.

Glessner House Museum
1800 Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

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