December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

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Even if your New Year's party didn't make Tribune gossip column status like the Nickerson's—Pink carnations! Seventy guests! Supper not served 'till midnight!—here's to celebrating in style. > Read more

December 27, 2011

You Asked: Where Does Satinwood Come From?

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Satinwood. Visitors to the Museum see it featured most prominently in the Drawing Room, where the Gilded Age ladies would retreat together for music and gossip and the woodwork gleams positively golden. > Read more

December 24, 2011

A Gilded Age Christmas Dinner

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The Gilded Age wealthy made Christmas dinner a most formal, sumptuous occasion. > Read more

December 19, 2011

"Dolls, Toys, and Holiday Fancy Goods"

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Ah, the great and famously stressful saga of December: Shopping. We have industrialization, capitalism, and late 19th-century disposable incomes to thank for this holiday tradition. > Read more

December 15, 2011

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum

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"There, at the rear of the beautiful parlors, was a large Christmas tree, presenting a most picturesque and uncanny aspect," wrote a reporter when he saw the first Christmas tree adorned with electric lights in 1882. > Read more

December 08, 2011

The White Knight

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A new Arthur Hughes painting in the Drawing Room features Sir Galahad, flanked by angels, searching for the Holy Grail. > Read more

December 03, 2011

Of Gilded Age and Italy: Or, Why Pierpont Morgan Used Someone Else's Family Crest

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One design motif persists through America's Gilded Age mansions like a repeating, steady note under one melody: Italian Renaissance. > Read more

News

July 31, 2015
The Mystery Behind Restoring a Historic Mosaic Fireplace

Little did the Martin House staff know that visiting the Driehaus Museum would steer them in the correct direction in restoring their own fireplace. Read more

July 09, 2015
Marina City Being Considered for Landmark Status

The Bertrand Goldberg iconic corncob buildings, built in the 1960s, are being recommended for preliminary landmark status. Read more

Featured Program

Nickerson Lecture: Japan Craze
Thursday, September 17

Learn why Western artists began incorporating Japanese motifs and aesthetic principles into their work becoming known as "Japonisme". Read more

Featured Program

Friend or Foe
Wednesday, September 30

Enjoy the ensemble Baroque Band, as they perform suites and sonatas with the Modern Cello and the Baroque Viola Da Gamba. Read more