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The Evolution of Oak Park Coach Houses

The Pleasant Home Foundation is pleased to announce a tour of eight coach houses in Oak Park, many of which are open to the public for the first time. This interior, docent-led tour will cover uniquely designed spaces adapted for modern reuse. Guests will view coach houses that have been transformed into a music studio, party room, art museum, residence and more. Additionally, an antique automobile will be featured at each location for viewing (weather permitting).
The event includes a complimentary tour of Pleasant Home, designed in 1897 by Prairie School Architect George W. Maher. The 4.43 acre estate, now a public park, originally included several structures which were razed over 50 years ago, including a conservatory, sculptured fountain, tennis court and, of course, a magnificent coach house. Historic photos of the grounds and structures will be available for viewing.
The tour will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at Pleasant Home, 217 Home Avenue, Oak Park, Ill. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door; ticket cost is $40.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members.
Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Pleasant Home Foundation and its work to preserve, restore, and operate Pleasant Home.
For more information on the tour, please visit pleasanthome.org. Interior photographs of the coach houses are available upon request.
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About the Pleasant Home Foundation
Pleasant Home, a National Historic Landmark, is also known as the John Farson House and is located in the heart of historic Oak Park, Illinois. The residence was designed in 1897 by Prairie School architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson. The Pleasant Home Foundation was established as a non-profit organization in 1990 and is dedicated to preserving and restoring this 30-room architectural treasure.
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SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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