The title comes from a book written in 1874 by the French architect and theorist Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, a copy of which the Glessners owned. That book, shown above, is one of many that clearly illustrates the Glessners’ sophisticated level of knowledge regarding architecture and design. In 1923, John Glessner used the title for his own manuscript about 1800 S. Prairie Avenue. A full reprint of that manuscript, featuring more than 60 period illustrations, will be unveiled on June 1, and copies will be available for sale.
The exhibit, part of the city-wide “Festival of the Architecture Book 1511-2011,” will run from June 1 through
October 2, 2011. Located in the tour center, it is open for viewing during normal public tour hours, Wednesday through Sunday from to .
For more information on the June 1 anniversary celebration, visit http://www.glessnerhouse.org/Events.htm
For more information on the Festival of the Architecture Book 1511-2011, visit