Glessner House Museum
Visitor Information1800 S Prairie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Hours: Tours offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00pm. Closed major holidays.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: Free admission and 10% discount on purchases made in the store.
Glessner House Museum, located in Chicago's Prairie Avenue Historic District, is a National Historic Landmark and the urban residential masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Completed in 1887, the innovative floorplan faces inward toward a spacious courtyard to capture the natural light and cleverly separates the family rooms from those used by the live-in staff of eight. The rusticated exterior, a classic example of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, conceals a warm and inviting interior containing most of the family's original furniture and decorative arts, including important pieces by William De Morgan, William Morris, Isaac Scott, and many others.