Visit Glessner House To Journey Back In Time

Glessner House

Do you enjoy exploring old homes and learning about their inhabitants? If so, you’ll want to head over to Glessner House, where you’re sure to experience an afternoon to remember.

Who was John J. Glessner?

John Jacob Glessner was born in Ohio, where his father served two years in the state’s legislature. John and his wife moved to Chicago in the early 1870s, and he became active in civic affairs. He served on various boards, including the Chicago Orphan Asylum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Perhaps most notably, he served as a trustee of the Chicago Orchestra Association. 

John Glessner died in 1936, a week before his 93rd birthday. His influence during Chicago’s Gilded Age is still felt in many of the city’s cultural institutions. 

Glessner House 

The building’s structure represents an undeniably radical departure from conventional Victorian architecture. In particular, it was built according to French and Spanish Romanesque architectural concepts.

The house has thirteen bedrooms, seven staircases, and eleven fireplaces. The Glessners lived here for fifty years, and John cherished the home as a symbol of domestic bliss.

Tours At Glessner House

Visitors can enjoy several docent-led tours including:

House Tours And Architecture Tours

Take a house tour to learn more about this National Historic Landmark. Discover why Glessner House is a drastic departure from traditional Victorian architecture and how it inspired the young Frank Lloyd Wright.

If you’d like to learn more about the building’s structure, try an architecture tour, where you’ll learn how architect H.H. Richardson’s style foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture design. 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Custom Tours, And Walking Tours

The behind-the-scenes tours offer a more intimate look at the house. The docents tell stories not shared on other tours and explore areas not accessible to the general public. These tours are available by appointment only. 

For groups of eight or more, choose the custom tours. Note that all custom tours must be booked four weeks in advance.

Finally, if you’d like to learn more about the area, choose a walking tour. The two-hour tour will begin at Glessner House and take you through Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue neighborhood.

All in all, Glessner House offers something for everyone. If you’d like to live near historic locations like this, consider making Brookdale on the Park your new home. Contact us today, and we’ll take you on a tour of our luxurious grounds!

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