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Glessner House Museum

  • 1800 S. Prairie Ave. Map It
  • Prairie Avenue
  • House/Mansion/Villa
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Updated 06/11/2013

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This fortresslike, Romanesque Revival 1886 residence is the only surviving building in Chicago by architect H.H. Richardson, who also designed Boston's Trinity Church. Completed in 1887, the L-shape mansion's stone construction and short towers are characteristic of the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It's also one of the few great mansions left on Prairie Avenue, once home to such heavy hitters as retailer Marshall Field and meatpacking magnate Philip Armour. The area

has lately seen the arrival of new, high-end construction, but nothing beats a tour of Glessner House, a remarkable relic of the days when merchant princes really lived like royalty. Enjoy the lavish interiors and the many artifacts, from silver pieces and art glass to antique ceramics and Isaac Scott carvings and furnishings.

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1800 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60616, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10, $15 combo ticket with Clarke House, free Wed.
  • Tours: Wed.–Sun. at 1 and 3

Updated 06/11/2013


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