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Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum Review

This Greek Revival structure dates from 1836, making it Chicago's oldest surviving building. It's a clapboard house in a masonry city, built for Henry and Caroline Palmer Clarke to remind them of the East Coast they left behind. The Doric columns and pilasters were an attempt to civilize Chicago's frontier image. The everyday objects and furnishings inside evoke a typical 1850s–60s middle-class home. Tours begin at the Glessner House, nearby.

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  • Address: 1827 S. Indiana Ave., Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 | Map It
  • Phone: 312/326–1480
  • Cost: $10, $15 combo ticket with Glessner House, free Wed.
  • Hours: Tours: Wed.–Sun. at noon and 2
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  • Location: Prairie Avenue
Updated: 06-11-2013

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