Clarke House Museum
Visitor Information1800 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: Free admission. 10% off merchandise in Museum Shop.
Clarke House Museum is the oldest surviving building within the original Chicago city limits. The house, built 1836 for merchant Henry Brown Clarke, is a rare example of Greek Revival domestic architecture in Chicago. Moved twice, it is now located in the Prairie Avenue Historic District and interprets family life in pre-Civil War Chicago. Clarke House Museum is operated by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, furnished to the period 1853-1860 by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois, and interpreted through a partnership with Glessner House Museum.