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The Pleasant Home Foundation is dedicated to restoring, preserving and operating Pleasant Home as a historic house museum while presenting a year-round schedule of tours, educational programs, community events and cultural performances.
Pleasant Home is a national architectural treasure, designed in 1897 by prominent Prairie Style architect George W. Maher. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School architecture and is the finest surviving example of Maher’s work. Maher is significant for his motif-rhythm theory, which repeats several decorative motifs throughout the house to the smallest detail, creating a strong sense of unity in his designs. Maher designed more than 300 structures in the United States.
Pleasant Home has a history of hosting fascinating characters. From first owner John Farson, who used the home to host grand parties on Pleasant Home's spacious grounds, to second owner Herbert Mills, founder of the Mills Novelty Company that produced the coin-operated machine - countless stories fill these walls. In 1939, Pleasant Home was purchased by the Oak Park Park District and operated as a community center, until opening as a museum in 1990. Pleasant Home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.
This house was built specifically for entertaining and is still being used for its original purpose today. Much more than a museum, Pleasant Home is a vibrant cultural destination offering a year-round schedule of educational programs, community events, and cultural performances. Pleasant Home is also a popular location for weddings, special occasions, and corporate events. We welcome all to visit, learn, and experience the past.