Glessner House: History and Preservation

posted Jun 26, 2016, 6:41 PM by Bill Marzella
A Lecture by William Tyre
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Glessner House, located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, is a National Historic Landmark, and considered by many to be one of the most important houses constructed in the 19th century. H. H. Richardson was the first architect to achieve widespread national and international recognition, and in Glessner house, he combined the specific needs of the family with his own progressive design ideas to create a house that was praised by architects and designers at the time, but misunderstood and shunned by many of its neighbors.

In 1966, the house stood vacant and in threat of demolition. A group of preservationists and architects banded together and formed an organization to purchase and rescue the house, enlisting the support of Philip Johnson and others across the country. This was a significant milestone in the launch of the historic preservation movement in Chicago.

This presentation will explore the history and preservation of Glessner House, celebrating its 50th anniversary as a historic house museum in 2016.

William Tyre is the Executive Director and Curator of the Glessner House Museum where he oversees the daily operations including fundraising, programming, interpretation, tours, and restoration projects. Bill holds a degree in historic preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he completed his thesis, After the Ball is Over: The Decline and Rebirth of Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue. In 2008, he published Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue, based on his thesis, and part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 
6:30 pm – reception, 7:00 pm – lecture


Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.
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Bill Marzella,
Jun 26, 2016, 6:41 PM
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