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Charnley-Persky House, Chicago

#31 of 48 in Museums in Chicago
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · History Museum
The James Charnley Residence, also known as the Charnley-Persky House, is a historic house museum at 1365 North Astor Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1892, it is one of the few surviving residential works of Louis Sullivan, and features major contributions by Frank Lloyd Wright, who was then working as a draftsman in Sullivan's office. The house is operated as a museum and organization headquarters by The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Charnley Residence is located in Chicago's Gold Coast north of the commercial downtown, at the southeast corner of North Astor Street and East Schiller Street. It is three stories in height, with a raised basement of stone and 2-1/2 stories of largely austere brickwork. The facade is divided into three parts, the center portion housing the main entrance in a stone surround flanked by paired sash windows. Above it is a projecting ornate wooden balcony that obscures the fact that the wall behind it is recessed. The flanking sections each have single sash windows set on large expanses of brick, in deep rectangular openings with splayed soldier brick lintels. The third level is separated from the lower levels by a stone stringcourse, and has two deeply recessed square windows in each section.
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  • I really enjoyed this tour of one of the few examples of Louis Sullivan designed homes. The tour guide was super informative and great to see the interior of the house in such good condition. Nice...  more »
  • This private house museum designed by Louis Sullivan assisted by Frank Lloyd Wright with docent run tours on Wed and Sunday by the Society of Architectural Historians is worth seeking out. The...  more »
  • really interesting story behind this place
  • Come to see the house, but also fall in love with the neighborhood. If you love history, come see what home were built before the sky rises, but after the Chicago fire.

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