Journey Back in Time at the Driehaus Museum

1800's mansion with chandelier and fireplace

An easy drive from Oak Park Place Apartments is a destination that immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th century Chicago.

We’re talking about the Nickerson Mansion, which is now better known as the Driehaus Museum.

Richard Driehaus founded the museum in 2003 to promote the architecture and design of the past. He also wanted a way to publicly display his collection of fine and decorative arts. Many of the pieces are from the years 1880 through 1920 when the mansion was a private residence.

Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion

In 1879, Chicago banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson commissioned a new home from Edward Burling and Francis Meredith Whitehouse. At the time, it was one of the largest private homes in the city as well as one of the only fireproof residences in the country.

Samuel didn’t want any plaster on any of the interior walls, so the inside was mainly stone and tile with a marble staircase in the center.


According to the museum, Richard Driehaus supported a meticulous renovation of the home between 2003 and 2008. Today it is considered a premier example of a historic restoration.

The Driehaus Collection

There is a ton for visitors to see, especially since Richard began forming his collection in the 1970s. He primarily focused on Art Nouveau posters by Alphonse Mucha, before adding other works by Josef Hoffmann and John La Farge among others. The display also includes one of America’s leading private collections of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

The Driehaus Museum is just one of the attractions that you can enjoy if you call our community home. Please contact us to schedule a tour or apply online today.


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