Architecture and History at Chicago House Museums

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Chicago has no shortage of cultural activities with an incredible selection of museums that cater to everyone from art lovers to science enthusiasts. Another way to explore the cultural side of Chicago is at one of the city’s Chicago house museums.

These homes exhibit both the architecture of their time as well as a look into the lifestyle of former owners. Here are a few worth visiting in Chicago.

Charnley-Persky House Museum

Firstly, set in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the Charnley-Persky House Museum is the former home of a Chicago lumber family. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the mansion was built in 1892. Two notable architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan designed it. Recognized as a prime example of true modern American architecture, this three-story brick and stone building today serves as a year-round museum. 

Frederick C. Robie House

Next, another example of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright is at the Frederick C. Robie House. Located in Hyde Park, this house museum is also listed as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It was designed in the early 1900s for the Robie family, and the home was finally completed in 1911. Many historians believe that the Frederick C. Robie House represents the essence of Wright’s belief in “organic architecture” with its use of clean lines that blend in with the natural landscape. 

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Thirdly, found within the historic Nickerson Mansion, the Driehaus Museum celebrates the design and architectural styles from the late 1800s to today. A permanent collection of decorative artwork is on display for visitors to get a sense of the design elements from different periods. Educational and cultural events, such as a lecture series, neighborhood walking tours, and musical concerts, happen throughout the year.

Find More Chicago House Museums

In conclusion, the best of Chicago is right on your doorstep when you call Mondial River West your home. Please contact us to learn more about what we have to offer and to schedule a tour.

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