Recent Opportunities


Frances Glessner Lee Celebration Week at The Glessner House

Frances Glessner Lee Gala Celebrating restoration of her childhood bedroom at Glessner House

Saturday, March 23, 2019

6:30 PM  Open bar and hors d’oeuvres; Tours of the first phase of restoration

7:30 PM  Dinner, Dessert and a program featuring Bruce Goldfarb, curator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Black Tie Optional – Parking available

TICKETS  $250 per person

Frances Glessner Lee Birthday Party

Monday, March 25, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
The public opening of Fanny Glessner’s newly restored bedroom. Enjoy beverages, hors d’oeuvres, music, tours of the restoration, recognition of our generous donor, and, of course, birthday cake!

Anatomy of a Restoration
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Restoration of historic buildings requires an extensive tool kit. This panel presentation will examine restoration from top to bottom with a deep look at our Fanny Glessner bedroom restoration project.

Screening of Mystery Street
Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Frances Glessner Lee was instrumental in launching the field of forensic science through her endowment of the Harvard Department of Legal Medicine in 1931. In 1950, Director John Sturges’ film noir classic Mystery Street featuring Harvard forensics department to solve a diabolical murder.

Murder in a Nutshell: A Frances Glessner Lee Whodunit Event
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30pm

You are invited to become the detective as we venture deep inside Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies. Members of the audience will work together to unravel the clues Lee placed in the models and try to determine - was it suicide, accidental death, or murder?


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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