FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST: THE ROBIE HOUSE:
Inspired by the large open fireplaces at the heart of medieval halls, the inglenook fireplace became an important feature in late 19th-century American interiors. The inglenook fireplace designed for the main living space of the Robie House is a monolithic brick structure that divides the living and dining areas. The design included built-in cabinetry and seating that created a sheltering space at the heart of the home.
CLARKE HOUSE MUSEUM:
Filled with cozy gathering places, the first floor has two restored family sitting rooms and a gracious double parlor for entertaining guests. Clarke House visitors discover why public and private spaces were separated in an 1850s home, and see the house’s only surviving hearth stone in the Northeast Sitting Room.
CHARNLEY-PERSKY HOUSE MUSEUM:
The Charnley-Persky House has six fireplaces—half architect-designed, half stock catalog pieces. The library fireplace mantel combines design elements from both Sullivan and Wright.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST: WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO:
The ground floor of Wright’s Oak Park home is centered on an Arts and Crafts-inspired inglenook fireplace decorated with a carved motto that proclaims, “Truth is Life.” A symbol of security, warmth, and familial comfort, the fireplace remained an important feature of Wright’s interiors throughout his career.
MAYSLAKE PEABODY ESTATE:
NOT A SPECK OF SOOT
The exceptionally large fireplace in the Mayslake Hall library is surrounded by carvings of gargoyles, a bagpiper, and a flutist. Having made his fortune in coal, F. S. Peabody proudly installed a coal-burning fireplace, often considered inferior, in his office on the first floor. Amazingly, not one of the nine fireplaces in the house was ever used.
GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM:
FEEDING THE FLAMES
Eleven fireplaces provided not only physical warmth but a cozy and inviting interior, as requested by the Glessners during the design phase of the house. Live embers from the final fire in their old home were carried to light the first fire in their new home, providing a continuum of welcoming hospitality.
SCHWEIKHER-LANGSDORF HOME & STUDIO:
WARM UP BY THE FIRE
A massive brick fireplace along the east side of the living room is the focal point of the room. This working fireplace still warms visitors today.
GRAHAM FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN THE FINE ARTS:
"SPIRIT OF THE WAVES"
While touring the Graham Foundation’s exhibitions, visitors notice a uniquely elaborate fireplace in almost every room of the Madlener House. For the front fireplace in the entrance hall, Belgian sculptor Albert Van Den Berghen designed the bronze relief entitled "Spirit of the Waves," representing Lake Michigan.