A Historical House
From the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion to the Sears Tower, Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology to the John Hancock Center, Chicago features endless examples of iconic architecture by the world’s most renowned practitioners. See where it all began when you visit Chicago’s oldest home, the Clarke House, which now operates as a museum. Built in 1863 for Henry B. Clarke, the home has outlasted the Civil War and much of the city’s turmoil (including the major fire of 1871). The Greek Revival style home was moved twice and is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. In 1977, the City bought the home to ensure the preservation of the historical site. In 2004, new technologies revealed details that required maintenance, and repairs aimed to recreate the original design of the house in its early years.
Free public tours on Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm offer opportunities to learn more with expert guides.