February 24, 2012

A Nickerson Tour

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Though Samuel made his riches in Chicago, the old Nickerson name was established in—and remains in—Massachusetts. > Read more

February 15, 2012

"The Seven Lamps of Architecture" by John Ruskin

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John Ruskin on reversing the flow of inspiration's origins and drawing designs from nature instead.
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February 05, 2012

You Asked: What is the Inscription in the Gothic Chandelier?

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A unique Gothic Revival-style Tiffany Studios chandelier in Driehaus Museum's smoking room reveals itself as a memorial chandelier—that is, if you can make out the inscription. > Read more

February 01, 2012

For Sale: Gilded Age Luxury

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Visiting a historic mansion may be fun, but living in one is even better. > Read more

News

August 15, 2014
Remaining Relevant: A look at Washington’s Fascinating House Museums

Washington's most fascinating house museums allow visitors to relive history. Most historical house museums today have successfully evolved with the times and have made great strides in historical preservation. These museums are thriving, boosted in part by advances in the field, as well as growing appreciation for preservation among the general public.
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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

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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

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

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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