Join the William Morris Society in the United States on June 8th to hear a virtual presentation by William Tyre, Executive Director and Curator of the Glessner House, a National Historic Landmark located in Chicago. This talk will explore the house’s history and significant Arts & Crafts collections.
The event will take place on Zoom from 8:00pm-9:15pm Eastern, 5:00pm-6:15 Pacific. It is free and open to the public.
In December 1887, the Glessner family moved into their new home on Chicago’s prestigious Prairie Avenue, designed by America’s leading architect of the time, Henry Hobson Richardson. Frances Glessner was well informed on current English decorating trends and selected numerous items for her home ranging from Morris & Co. wallpapers, textiles, and rugs to Benson lamps and De Morgan fireplace tiles.
This heavily illustrated lecture will explore the house in detail through both historic and modern images, showcasing the original furnishings, more than 90% of which are still in place. Also examined will be Frances Glessner’s support for the local Arts & Crafts community, and her talents as an expert needleworker, silversmith, and jewelry maker.