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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum preserves and interprets the Gilded Age home of Chicago entrepreneur Samuel Mayo Nickerson in order to promote the understanding and appreciation of historic architecture and design. Visitors are invited to participate in an immersive experience of 19th-century design as they explore one of Chicago's finest historic homes.
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson. Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003, with a vision to influence today's built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Mr. Driehaus commissioned a five-year effort to preserve the structure and its magnificent interiors.
Today, the Museum is a premier example of historic preservation, offering visitors an opportunity to experience how the prevailing design philosophies of the period were interpreted by artists, architects, and designers at the waning of the 19th century and the dawn of the 20th century.