Chicago and Milwaukee Tour, October 2014

Plans for a tour to the Chicago and Milwaukee areas are making progress, with the help of Jon Prown, our former American Hon Sec and Director of the Chipstone Foundation.  It promises to be a fascinating tour taking in one America’s most amazing cities and spectacular countryside right over the autumn ‘fall’ when the maple leaves should be at their best.  Full details are being worked up but it looks as though it will be around 8 days in early October for a travel and hotel costs of around £1,200 pp, plus meals and other expenses.

Some of the attractions in Chicago, apart from the extraordinary architecture and lakeside setting, include the Art Institute of Chicago, a world-class museum with great decorative arts collections and a famous series of miniature period rooms; a number of late 19thc town houses with stunning aesthetic style décor; and of course Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio.  Just outside Chicago we will visit John Bryan’s home and museum at Crabtree Farm, one of the most amazing private museums with wonderful American and English furniture, Arts and Crafts collections and active workshops for artists and craftsmen.

In the Milwaukee area visits will include the Chipstone Foundation to see high quality American period furniture and a great collection of English delftware; private collections in nearby houses of early American and English furniture and decorative arts; Old World Wisconsin, a living history museum; and Ten Chimneys Foundation, the Scandinavian-style country home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, famous acting duo of the 1920s, filled with their furniture, art and personal possessions.

So there should be plenty of variety, much of interest and quite a lot of spectacular!  Polly already has a list of those who have expressed interest; any others should get in touch with her.  Further details and booking forms will follow.
 – David Dewing (ddewing@geffrye-museum.org.uk)