|Entry Hall and Staircase - The Driehaus Museum|
THANK YOU Mr. Richard H. Dreihaus. Chicago could use more people like you to help us preserve our legacy and open it up to the public.
|Louis Comfort Nautilus Tiffany Lamp -|
I suggest reading the website completely in advance and then playing "stump the tour guide" :) I took the general tour which was very worthwhile for the additional detail regarding the prior owners and the artwork.
I was disappointed to find out that the home’s conservatory had been removed to make room for the office building next door. I know that women of the period loved their conservatories and desired to find a unique flower varietal to show and have named after them. Perhaps the Nickerson Chrysanthemum? I could just see the green off the dining room, with a wonderful floral aroma melding into the dinner service. Well, I love my plants and conservatories - so it was sad to not have it present. Moreover, there were no plants throughout the museum. In touring other period homes, and reading of the time, I understood that elite homes were showcases of antiques, expensive furnishings, and works of art. Most often a wide and equally diverse and valuable collection profusion of plants and flowers helped to tie such assemblages, carefully considered to form satisfying color harmonies into a pleasing, picturesque uniform whole.
One of the biggest things that I have on my mind is what did life in Chicago look like for the "regular folk." In the years after the fire, with continued immigration, crowding, lack of infrastructure... what would my life have looked like? I wish there were a similar museum to the experience for those people who are immortalized in Upton Sinclair's "the Jungle." This visit made me want to reread that classic - and I am doing just that! Time to go to the Back of The Yard neighborhood.
I hope you will explore Chicago and see this gem.
I don't know what the top sheet music of the late 1890's was...