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Glessner House Museum

1800 South Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 (Near South Side)
312 326 1480
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Ranked #151 of 373 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Historic Sites
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Henry Hobson Richardson designed this imposing home in 1887 for the John Glessner family, a highly respected Chicago business man. Glessner's business would eventually morph into International Harvester, to this fortress-like home was the start of something pretty big. The house is an architectural gem and contains most of the original furnishings. Set in the heart of historic Prairie Avenue,... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had planned to see the Glessner/Clarke House on a Saturday afternoon. We've been on lots of these types of things, and had even been to this property many years ago. When we arrived an hour before the scheduled time we were told very brusquely that the tour was full but that we were welcome to sit and wait to... More

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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This was an extraordinary home built before the turn of the century and was highly controversial from the stone used on the outside to the sheer size of it. It is still in pristine condition and beautiful to tour. We did this house in conjunction with the Clark House.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Our tour guide, Wendy was charming, knowledgeable and made the tour wonderful for both adults and older children. We enjoyed both houses very much. The woman at the front desk was abrasive and rude and almost caused us to abandon our visit assuming the entire staff would be like her. I am glad we stayed.

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Cold Spring, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We recently toured the Glessner House Museum. Since it was a Sunday afternoon we were the only ones on the tour (2 adults and 2 children ages 12 and 6.) All of us enjoy history, so the visit was very pleasant. The outside of the home looks like a medieval fortress; however when you walk through the doors you are... More

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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This house is a twofer, it is a great introduction to H.H. Richardson's domestic architecture and William Morris furnishings. Fortunately the family kept most of the original furnishings so it really gives the idea of what it looked like when the Glessners lived there. They are renovating one of the guest rooms that should be open in April. Our only... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

i went there last year on winter break it was fun especially for a child about the age span of 9-11 if they are interested in history. its totaly the place to go

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is best done as a combination with another museum house from a previous era. We really enjoyed the two houses, especially this one. Our docent was pretty good although hard to hear at times. I noticed other docents seemed a little more inter-active with their group. I learned a lot, the area is really nice and I would not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

If you want to re-live the history of Chicago you have to visit the oldest building namely Clarke House and see the opulence and splendor of Glessner House. I did tours of both houses on a Wednesday (bonus...a free day) which were both interesting and informative.

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sugar hill, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We recently had a wonderful tour of this building. The history of the Glessners was fascinating and to be able to get such an intimate view of the house was wonderful. Listening to the research that goes into the renovation and recreation is fascinating. Thank you!

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