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Glessner House Museum

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South Loop
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Address: 1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
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+1 312 326 1480
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Prairie Avenue Historic House

This house is in a wonderful area called Prairie Ave.This is a house that is a architectural gem,not to be missed.It was built in 1887 and is regarded as a residential... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 10, 2016
Paula R
Needham, Massachusetts
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Needham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

This house is in a wonderful area called Prairie Ave.This is a house that is a architectural gem,not to be missed.It was built in 1887 and is regarded as a residential masterpiece.H.H.Richardson was the architect.The house is filled with the original furniture which shows the life of the Guilded Age of Chicago. My small group of friends had a tour... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

A National Historic Landmark, this was completed in 1887. It is regarded as the urban residental masterpiece of H. H. Richardson, ,America's most important 19th century architect. It's filled with original furnishings, and really shows life in that age of Chicago. It's located 2 mi. south of downtown. Guided tours are offered Wed. thru Sun.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Unfortunately I toured the Glessner as part of "Open House Chicago". It was great to get a free sneak peek, but it was over-crowded and some of the volunteer guides were cranky (library). However, it would be worth going there for a proper tour, as the staff is very knowledgeable and the house has an interesting history. The contrast between... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Wonderful tour of a masterpiece of American architecture. The house is a fascinating study of a late 19th century family, and the building is intriguing. The museum has removed the stanchions and has allowed visitors to truly experience the spaces.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

If you have time to see all major Chicago hot spots and are truly interested in history and architecture, then a visit to this house museum is a most. This impressive architectural and historical landmark is has been wonderfully preserved and refurnished so will fell you are traveling in time and making into the life of the family that occupy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016

The outside of this house looks like a fortress, but the inside showcases a very interesting house and history. Tour was well done and well worth it! Free on Wednesdays!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2016

Fascinating 90 min tour in the company of an erudite docent getting to know the home of a very rich family and their servants. Extraordinary mix of what they liked plus some gorgeous works of art which did not stop this mansion being supremely homely and comfortable. A brief walk round the Prairie Drive historic area also advisable for some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

I really enjoyed my tour of this museum. The tour guide could have been a bit more energetic, but other than that it was perfect, especially because I went on a Wednesday and it was free. The house is so unique, after touring many historic homes this is just one of a kind. The courtyard especially is so cool and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

This historic late ninetieth century mansion is a paradox! Its exterior is bulky (like its architect, H. H. Richarson) and austere, evoking a cold, fortress-like presence which must have seemed especially peculiar among the traditional Victorian mansions of the time. However, as guests climb the wide, sheltered staircase into the foyer, there is immediate warmth due to the wood adorned,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2015

Although a bit south of downtown (accessible by bus routes or car), this house museum is definitely worth a detour. This is Chicago's only survivor work by the famed architect, H.H. Richardson, and the building has been meticulously restored--including original family furniture and wall decorations--to its late-19th century and early-20th century appearance. Architects from all over the globe come to... More 

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