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Glessner House

18th St. and Prairie Ave. elevations     Address: 1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Year Built: 1886
Architect: Henry Hobson Richardson
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: October 14, 1970

Prairie St. elevation A mature design by renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson, Glessner House is famous for its site development, innovative floor plan, and rugged Romanesque Revival-style facade. A reminder of what Prairie Avenue looked like when it was home to some of the city's finest mansions, the Glessner House is the only remaining Chicago building by this Boston-based architect. The building was designed for John J. Glessner, an executive with the International Harvester Company. It now contains a house museum, which is part of the Prairie Avenue District.

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