The Alcazar Hotel closed its doors in 1931, and was purchased by Lightner for just $150,000. He, in turn, donated the complex to the city of
The Lightner Museum opened in 1948, the huge spaces providing ample room for Lightner’s collections including furniture, architectural fragments, mechanical musical instruments, natural history, fine arts, ceramics, glass, toys and much more. Lightner died in 1950 and was buried in the courtyard just outside the entrance to the museum.
Although located in
Items from Prairie Avenue homes include the dining room furniture from the Blackstone mansion (1912 S. Prairie Avenue) and a beautiful gilt Aesthetic movement chandelier from the home of Kate Buckingham (2036 S. Prairie Avenue), see below.
Even the infamous Everleigh Club, located at 2131-2133 S. Dearborn Street
in the heart of
The collections at the museum are vast and varied from player pianos to buttons, and from an Egyptian mummy to brilliant cut glass. Devotees of