Two Upcoming Housewalks Open Doors to Historic Chicago Real Estate

June 01, 2012

Wright Housewalk TourIf visiting historical Chicago homes is your thing be sure to mark your calendars for two exciting house tours.

The “A Walk Through Time” tour on Sunday,  June 10 from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. is the annual fundraising house tour of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit historic mansions on the Near South Side. This is an exciting chance to view the interiors of these private homes, most of which are only open to the public on this one day per year.

Don’t miss the chance to take a detailed look at the carved mouldings, elaborate tilework, and stunning light fixtures among many other features these properties have to offer.

The list of homes included on the tour are:

  • Kimball House, 1801 S. Prairie (1892, Solon S. Beman, architect)
  • Coleman House, 1811 S. Prairie (1886, Cobb & Frost, architects)
  • Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie (1870, John W. Roberts, architect)
  • Wheeler Mansion, 2020 S. Cakynet (1870, Otis T, Wheelock, architect)
  • Reid House, 2013 S. Prairie (1894, Beers, Clay & Dutton, architects)
  • Rees House, 2110 S. Prairie (1888, Cobb & Frost, architects)
  • Purdy House, 213 E. Cullerton (1891, Thomas & Rapp, architects)
  • Second Presbyterian Church, 1836 S. Michigan (1871, Renwick and 1900, Howard Van Doren Shaw, architects)
  • Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie (1886, H. H. Richardson architect)
  • Clarke House, 1827 S. Indiana (1836, Chicago’s oldest house)

Tickets for the tour costs $50. Visit glessnerhouse.org for more information or call 312-326-1480 to make reservations.

If that is not enough to quench your thirst for historic homes in the Chicago area, then be sure to take part in the 38th annual Wright Plus 2012 house walk this Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This internationally renowned architectural housewalk will let visitors explore the interiors of nine private homes (three designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the others designed by his contemporaries) and three public buildings designed by Wright.

Tickets for the tour cost $85 for Preservation Trust members and $100 for nonmembers.

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