Exploring An Arts and Crafts Church, Stickley Furniture in a Mansion and Arts & Crafts Gardens: Your Online Weekend

Compiled by Kate Nixon


As the Spring season of 2021 starts to “bloom” in activity, those interested in the field of Arts and Crafts gardens, historic architecture, Stickley furniture, and the life of Elbert Hubbard are in luck as the online lecture and tour offerings continue this weekend. Explore the world of ancient Greece and the influence of Greek design with The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms; see the architecture of Chicago’s only church to be designated a National Historic Landmark online with The Gamble House; and ask Arts and Crafts garden expert and landscape historian Judith Tankard your questions this weekend. Read on to find out how you can participate…


Saturday, April 10th


Elbert Hubbard: From Big Ideas to a Final Voyage

Saturday, April 10th, 2021
11:00 am Eastern/8:00 am Pacific
Hosted by the Roycroft Campus and taught by Alan Nowicki
Free for Roycroft Campus members/session offered as one of four in $50 pass

The last chapter of Elbert Hubbard’s life story is told as Alan Nowicki reveals the last years of Elbert’s time with the Roycroft as it went through changes in leadership, technology and philosophy. Hubbard balances his personal life with keeping his beloved Roycroft going when a fateful voyage changes everything.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/product/roycroft-history-course-spring-2021/



Greek Arts and The Greek Revival

Saturday, April 10th, 2021
1:00pm Eastern/10:00am Pacific
$25.00 per session for the general public
Hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and taught by Jonathan Clancy

In this session, we move again in two directions: back to the Greeks to understand the essential aesthetics that shaped their particular contributions to Western art history, and into the 19th century where a revival of these ideas spurred advancements in architecture and design in Europe and the Americas.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.stickleymuseum.org/design-history-part-2/



Sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL, c. 1902. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


The Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago: History, Art and Architecture

Saturday, April 10th, 2021
2:00pm Eastern/11:00am Pacific
$10.00 for Gamble House members/$20.00 for non-members
Hosted by The Gamble House and curated by William Tyre of the Glessner House

The only church in Chicago to be designated a National Historic Landmark, the Second Presbyterian Church is recognized for its distinctive Arts & Crafts Interior, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1900 and boasts paintings, fixtures, carved wood, metalwork and particularly stained glass by Giannini and Hilgart, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Edward Burne-Jones for Morris & Co. This presentation given by Glessner House Executive Director William Tyre will delve into this masterpiece by Shaw and his collaborators.

Purchase tickets here: https://gamblehouse.org/upcoming-events/


Sunday, April 11th


Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

A Sense of Harmony: Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement with author Judith B. Tankard

Sunday, April 11th, 2021
2:00pm Eastern/11:00am Pacific
Free/Option for a donation to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Renowned landscape historian Judith B. Tankard explores the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on landscape design. A selection of gardens on both sides of the Atlantic will be shown to explore the movement’s diversity and appeal. Tankard is the author of Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Everything For the Garden, Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life, and other publications exploring landscaping and gardens.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-sense-of-harmony-gardens-of-the-arts-and-crafts-movement-tickets-140919846053



Monday, April 12th


Lunchtime Virtual Lecture: Stickley Room by Room at the Riordan Mansion

Monday, April 12th, 2021
2:15pm Eastern/12:15pm Mountain
Hosted by the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Join us for a virtual Stickley furniture tour of Riordan Mansion. Enjoy hearing which were Caroline and Timothy Riordan’s favorite chairs. Learn how the five Stickley Brothers competed and mostly succeeded in a very competitive market. See five very rare pieces with metal inlay embellishment designed by Gustav Stickley’s designer, Harvey Ellis. Prepared and presented by long serving docent, Adrienne Rose.

Access Zoom meeting here: https://azstateparks.com/riordan-mansion/events/lunchtime-lecture-stickley-furniture