|The Driehaus Museum, Chicago|
You can visit the website to read all about this extraordinary example of historical restoration and preservation (done with private money I might add, something that is rarely if ever seen in Canada). I thought I'd share a few of the highlights of our tour (and if you go please take a tour from one of the very knowledgeable guides, so informative and fun).
The Gilded Age embraced the Aesthetics Movement, an appreciation for the fine arts and crafts available at the time to decorate a home, and basically "more is more" was the decorating motto of the day.
It was overwhelming to take in the many details and layers of fine arts and crafts presented in each room, and equally astounding to learn that over 90% of the interiors are original.
|The Dining Room|
|Window treatments in the dining room.|
Shutters layered with draperies.
|Gorgeous lamp with flower vessels.|
|Statue shown to perfection with a tile backdrop.|
|Walls decorated right up to the decorated ceilings.|
|Fireplace tile detail.|
We'll be going back for another visit when we head to Chicago again, I'd love to see this house during the winter months.
*I apologize for the quality of the photos, my camera inconveniently broke while we were visiting Chicago and I had to use my iPhone.*
Have you been to the Driehaus Museum?