An Arts & Crafts Lecture with the Glessner House

by Kate Nixon

Celebrating the Arts & Crafts: Chicago’s Glessner House
with William Tyre, Executive Director and Curator, Glessner House
Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 4:00 PM EDT; via Zoom

Stickley Museum members can sign up HERE.


The end of the month not only concludes the online celebration of Arts and Crafts In August, but the chance to view and learn one of Chicago’s own Arts and Crafts architectural treasures from wherever you are.

As part of their members-only tour, The Stickley Museum of Craftsman Farms is providing a virtual trip to the Glessner House in Chicago, IL and a visually vibrant presentation of Chicago’s own architectural treasure by Glessner House Executive Director William Tyre. This heavily illustrated lecture will explore the house in detail through both historic and modern images, showcasing the original furnishings, more than 90% of which are still in place. Also examined will be Frances Glessner’s support for the local Arts & Crafts community, and her talents as an expert needleworker, silversmith, and jewelry maker.


Inside Chicago’s Glessner house. Photo courtesy of the Glessner house.


The exterior of the Glessner House. Photo courtesy of the Glessner House.


In December 1887, the Glessner family moved into their new home on Chicago’s prestigious Prairie Avenue, designed by America’s leading architect of the time, Henry Hobson Richardson. Frances Glessner was well informed on current English decorating trends and selected numerous items for her home ranging from Morris & Co. wallpapers, textiles, and rugs to Benson lamps and De Morgan fireplace tiles.


Members can sign up for this virtual trip to the Glessner House HERE. The Stickley Museum is additionally taking memberships year-round which includes free access to members-only programs throughout the year, starting at $45 for individual memberships and ranging to Dual/Family, Friend, Patron, and Sponsor memberships.


For those of you in the Chicago area, the Glessner House additionally gives specialized tours to its in-person supporters including the Architecture tour, the William Morris tour, the Servants tour, and the private Behind-the-Scenes tour. Additional walking tours are available on Prairie Avenue and Motor Row.

Visit the Glessner House profile during the online Arts & Crafts In August shows.


About William Tyre
William Tyre has served as Executive Director and Curator of the Glessner House in Chicago since October 2007. Bill holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008, he published Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue, part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia. In his role as director of Glessner House, he oversees the daily operations of the museum including collections management, programming, tours, interpretation, and restoration projects.

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