The massive Glessner House turned its back on all things Victorian and ushered in a new era of ground-breaking design.
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Fire swept through Chicago in the late 1880s, leveling the city, but not its spirit. From the ashes, Glessner House was born — a stone fortress unlike anything the city had ever seen.
Sandwiched between ornate Victorians, the Glessner house stood out like a heavy, gray elephant.
Inspired by his magnificent yellow Georgian mansion, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would become America's most beloved poet.