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Architect Henry Hobson Richardson
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Location Chicago, Illinois   map
Date 1885 to 1887   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System stone bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Richardsonian






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Discussion Glessner House Commentary

Located in a Chicago urban neighborhood near the Michigan Central Railroad (now the Illinois Central), the Glessner House has a "U" shaped plan, making a private and protected courtyard to the south. The three street elevations of the house are protected, faced in massive blocks of rough-cut grey granite. Arched stone constructions and large lintels frame a limited number of openings for entrances and windows. In contrast, the courtyard facades have more and larger openings, curving bays, which break up the rectangular massing, and are constructed more fancifully of brick with limestone lintels.

 — JY

Sources on Glessner House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p102-103. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Allen Freeman. "Singular By Design", Historic Preservation. September/October 1992, Volume 44, Number 5. Exterior photo of the steet facade, p66. interior photo of dining room, p68. interior photo of parlor fireplace, p69. exterior elevation photo of front door, p63. exterior photo from courtyard, p67.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner. H. H. Richardson, Complete Architectural Works. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1982. Exterior photo of side elevation, f134c, p387. — 1984 Edition available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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