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 11, 2014
New York's Historic Carnegie Mansion: Renovated and Re-imagined

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Announces Dec. 12, 2014 Opening of Renovated Carnegie Mansion and Opening Exhibitions. Read more

June 19, 2014
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection exhibition has been extended!

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is pleased to announce the extension of its exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection through January 4, 2015. Read more

Featured Program

Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour
First and third Saturdays, May 3 through November 15

Step back in time to enjoy a special walking tour of Chicago's River North district, led by historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach. Read more

Featured Program

Tiffany Girls Studio Tour
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 25 through September 1

Sneak into the “studio” with Tiffany designers Clara Driscoll and Agnes Northrop. Read more

Featured Program

Nickerson Lecture: Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company
Thursday, September 18

The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever produced in the United States. Between 1878 and 1904 Low tiles were displayed in more than eighteen distributors showrooms around the United States, Canada and Britain. The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America. Read more

Featured Program

Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30

Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more