Glessner House Museum is anxious to find ways to make its site more accessible to all visitors. As is the case with many historic properties, the desire for accessibility and the need to preserve the historic integrity of the structure provide unique challenges and opportunities. The museum is currently exploring the possibility of creating a video, which would allow visitors who are unable to access the building to participate in a “virtual tour” of the museum from the comfort of the coach house. In addition to the video, the museum is considering an audio description so that those with vision limitations can experience the museum as well. Long term plans call for the creation of a special tour for the visually-impaired with hands on items that would allow them to understand texture and material, as well as the possibility of training sign language interpreters to provide tours for the hearing-impaired.
GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM
ABOUT GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM
Glessner House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, was completed in 1887 from designs by the prominent American architect Henry Hobson Richardson. The house interprets Richardson’s architecture, the significant collection of decorative arts, and the Glessners’ prominent role in late 19th- and early 20th- century Chicago history. Tours are offered year round in conjunction with the adjacent Clarke House Museum, Chicago’s oldest building dating to 1836.