Designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from his junior draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Charnley-Persky House (1891-1892) is recognized as a pivotal work of modern American architecture.

The National Historic Landmark building serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Guided tours of the Charnley-Persky House are offered every Wednesday and Saturday.


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The Society of Architectural Historians, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will present an expanded tour program of the Charnley-Persky House during the Biennial. Learn More

Urban Archaeology

Lake Forest College professor Rebecca Graff led an archaeological field school at the Charnley-Persky House in July. 

Students Dig for Lost Treasures in the Gold Coast
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Urban dig truly makes trash into treasures for local students
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Students dig for architectural treasures in Gold Coast 
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Students Digging Up Historical Artifacts at Gold Coast Site 
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Reciprocal Sites Program


SAH has joined forces with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to offer the Frank Lloyd Wright National Reciprocal Sites Membership Program for all upper-level members.
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Become a Friend


Become a Friend of Charnley-Persky House to help support its ongoing restoration and educational programs.

Image Gallery



Image Gallery of Charnley-Persky House. All photos ©2012 David Schalliol