The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the ICAA is pleased to present a docent-guided tour of Crab Tree Farm on Saturday, September 29, at 9:30 AM. We will be touring the Arts & Crafts Building, the exterior of the Vinci House, and the Blair/Adler Buildings, and will also have the opportunity to see the exterior of the 1927 David Adler Estate for William McCormick Blair.
Crab Tree Farm is the last operating farm located on Lake Michigan, in the State of Illinois. Originally a commercial dairy operation, it has had three owners in its over one hundred year history. Over the last thirty years, the farm buildings, designed by Solon S. Beman in 1911, have undergone extensive restorations and now house the premiere collection of American and English Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts objects in the country. Represented is an extensive collection of furniture by Gustav Stickley, as well as items from designers Charles Voysey, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and William Morris. The founding of Crab Tree Farm coincided with the peak of the Arts and Crafts movement in North America, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Registration is required in advance, and space is extremely limited.