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Ever wonder why the former living quarters on the Driehaus Museum’s second floor don’t look like bedrooms anymore?

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Here are the top 10 posts from the Driehaus Museum blog in 2012.

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Although Mr. Nickerson’s likeness is portrayed in our historic photograph gallery, visitors wonder about the lady of the house.

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The Nickerson Mansion, where the Driehaus Museum is housed, isn’t the only historic home in the neighborhood. On the opposite corner of Erie and Wabash, a Romanesque-style residence always catches visitors’ eyes.

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Some of our more observant visitors have asked about a unique Tiffany Studios chandelier hanging in the smoking room, which is tucked away just to the east of the main hall doors.

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Satinwood. Visitors to the Museum see it featured most prominently in the Drawing Room, where the Gilded Age ladies would retreat together for music and gossip and the woodwork gleams positively golden.

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Think of McCormickville as the Evanston of the late 19th century. While George Pullman and Marshall Field built their mansions on a stretch of Prairie Avenue to the south, the Nickersons and a handful of other Chicago elite—Cyrus McCormick among them—built northwards.

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