Richard H. Driehaus Museum to Exhibit Tiffany Collection

Garden Landscape window, 1900-1910, leaded glass

Looking to discover something new, but old…

Head over to the Richard H. Driehaus Museum  (40 East Erie Street). Founded by Mr. Driehaus in 2003, the mansion was restored and renovated for five years. Although the museum’s doors have been opened for the past five years, the museum is still the best kept secret in the Windy City. The fully restored Gilded Age mansion was designed by the architectural firm of Burling & Whitehouse in 1879 for prominent Chicago banker Samuel M. Nickerson.

Coming this fall, the museum will exhibit 60 works by one of America’s most celebrated artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany, opening on September 28 through June 29, 2014. Mr. Tifffany’s career in art lasted for 50 years with The Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company and Tiffany Studios. Sixty works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his associated firms will be on display throughout the second floor galleries of the Museum, including lamps, stained-glass windows, vases, metalwork and furnishings. All of the works are selected from the Driehaus Collection, one of the country’s significant private collections of Tiffany (1,500 pieces in total).

About the upcoming exhibition, Richard Driehaus shares, “I am delighted to be a part of this exhibition, which combines my twin passions for collecting and preserving late 19th and 20th century architecture and decorative arts. The Nickerson mansion’s restored interiors and the superbly crafted Tiffany objects complement one another perfectly. I view myself as a steward of these beautiful works, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my treasures in the context for which many of these objects were originally created.”

As for his favorite piece of Tiffany stained glass, Mr. Driehaus doesn’t have just one. At the top of his list is the Tiffany stained glass window of King Solomon on display at Navy Pier. Mr. Driehaus also fancies the Tiffany fire screens and lamps in the upcoming exhibition.

Bradford Ballast, managing director, U.S. Community Affairs, BMO Financial Group, has this to say about the upcoming exhibition, “One of the standouts will be the stained glass window installations which are going to be specially lit the same way that Richard Driehaus lit the stained glass windows on display at Navy Pier. In addition, the Tiffany Nautilus Shell Centerpiece Lamp (c. 1910) is a highlight of this collection; everyone will love it.”

On praising Mr. Driehaus for his work on preservation, Mr. Ballast shares, “He has done something very generous in restoring this facility for the community to enjoy. BMO Harris, through its network, will help to publicize the museum in a way that is natural for us flat screens in our branches, and distribution of brochures among other avenues. We can help to get the word out about the museum so that more people will visit and take the tour.”

The Exhibition Team includes Exhibition Curator David A. Hanks, Exhibition Designer Jeff Daly and Director Lise Dube-Scherr. The Monacelli Press will publish a book featuring the exhibition with photographs by John Faier and designed by Abbott Miller. BMO Harris Bank is the presenting sponsor along with supporting sponsor Sotheby’s. Starting in September, the museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 10AM to 5PM.

Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of general admission and free for Museum members. General self-guided admission is $20 for adults, $12.50 for senior (65+), $10 for students with a valid I.D. and youth (6-12 years); children ages five years and younger are free. Guided tours and an Acoustiguide audio tour of the Museum and exhibition will be available for $5 in addition to general admission.

Photography by John Faier (except where noted), copyrighted Driehaus Museum






About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.