November 2010 Luncheon Meeting

  • 11/12/2010
  • 11:30 AM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago


Registration is closed
Speakers: William Tyre
Title: "John J Glessner: the Man, His House and Research on His Extensive Library"

Luncheon buffet (in the main dining room on
six) opens at 11:30 am.  Program (in a different room, to be announced)

William Tyre, Executive Director and Curator of the John J. Glessner House, will deliver an illustrated talk about a most untypical captain of industry and his Romanesque-Revival home at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, with special emphasis on the Glessner's 5,000 volume library. Come and hear: about a house (including its furnishings and decorative art) that has become a premium site in the world for the study of the Arts and Craft Movement; whether or not HH Richardson's fortress like design reflected labor unrest; how a home with 18,000 square feet could be considered to be cozy; about the collecting patterns of John and Francis, his wife; about specific books in the collections and their importance to John and/or the world; and how this home and contents survived while Potter Palmer's castle did not.  


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710