July 15, 2009

Driehaus Museum Marks One-Year Anniversary with Launch of Newly Designed Website

To mark the one-year anniversary of its opening, the Driehaus Museum announces today the launch of its newly designed Web site, driehausmuseum.org.  The extensive, interactive site offers visitors a rich and detailed account of the preservation of Chicago’s historic Samuel M. Nickerson House and its transformation into the Driehaus Museum.

“The Web site was designed to further the Museum’s mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of historic architecture and design,” says Museum Director, David Bagnall. “The site was developed to provide visitors with a compelling virtual experience that will appeal to a range of audiences.”

According to President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Richard Moe, “While seeing the Driehaus Museum first hand is not to be missed, with just one click of your mouse your virtual experience can be almost as good. The Web site masterfully combines the beautiful imagery of the home and the stories of its fascinating inhabitants, while also sharing the museum’s detailed preservation work.  This Web site is definitely worth a visit.”

Three interactive sections—Explore, History and Preservation—allow online visitors to experience and explore the history, design and preservation of one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th century Chicago, the Samuel M. Nickerson House. Visitors to the site can not only learn about the meticulously restored rooms of the Museum via an interactive floor plan, but can also view a series of illustrated case studies that tell the story of the award-winning preservation project.

Other highlights include:

  • Simple navigation tools that place all content within a few clicks
  • Inclusive timeline, featuring historical accounts of the Nickerson House and its original owners
  • Technical information concerning architecture, design and preservation
  • Comprehensive details about the Richard H. Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts
  • General Museum information, covering public and private tours, public programming and events, and facility rental.

The site’s design was created by Chicago-based design firm Studio Blue. Technical development and production were provided by Mathematic Arts of Milwaukee.


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