Kalamazoo Art League Hosts Trip To Chicago

Posted: April 16, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

Driehaus library

The Driehaus Museum library

The Kalamazoo Art League is hosting a depARTure trip to Chicago, IL to visit three historical museums in the heart of Chicago on Friday, May 11. Reservation deadline is May 4.

Join the Kalamazoo Art League as they spend the morning visiting the Driehaus Museum. The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago. Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence today's built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as the Herter Brothers and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Join the group as they discuss the artwork and the history behind the building.

Lunch will be held at Lawry's Prime Rib (formerly the McCormick Mansion).

In the afternoon, guests will visit two additional Grand Estates. The Glessner House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture.

From there, the group will move on to the Clarke House Museum Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago's oldest house. The house shows what life was like for a family in Chicago during the city's formative years before the Civil War. Its fascinating history began at a time when Chicago received its city charter and much of the area was still undeveloped prairie.

Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice - during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is now located in the Chicago Women's Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

All tours are led by trained docents and last approximately one hour in each house.

Cost $95. Deadline for reservations is May 4.
Price includes transportation, admissions, lunch, bus driver gratuity, and tasty snacks.

To reserve a place, contact the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts at 269.349.7775, x 3001.