Tuesday, February 19, 2013

805. Glessner House, Chicago, Illinois


Dear Sam,

I found in glessnerhouse.org a delightful excerpt of Frances
Glessner's diary about this National Historic Landmark
located in Chicago and built by H.H. Richardson:
Sunday October 24, 1886: "In the afternoon John,
George and I went to the new house. We got a better
idea of the work than we did the other visit—it is a
beautiful building. We walked across the street to take
a distant look and two ladies passed by us—one said
to the other ‘there isn’t a single pretty thing about it.” Such
will be the universal verdict I fear.”

The young Frank Lloyd Wright was swayed by this house
when designing his first Prairie School houses.

Best regards,
R

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