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Pleasant Home, Oak Park

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Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a historic home located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, United States. The large, Prairie style mansion was designed by architect George Washington Maher and completed in 1897. The house was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1972. Exactly 24 years later, in 1996, it was declared a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
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  • This is an absolutely fabulous home! The architecture is so beautiful as well as the decor and furnishings. They have many events throughout the year. I went to the Ice Cream Social in July and...  more »
  • Pleasant Home in Oak Park, Illinois, also known as the John Farson House, is considered one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School Architecture in the nation. Located at...  more »
  • Oak Park, as an area, is interesting for its architecture and Pleasant Home is an enjoyable place to visit. Only $5 gets you entry to the lower floor. Some good period features and the staff...  more »
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  • Just walked past by accident on the way to the conservatory. Stopped in on the way back to the hotel. Interesting comparison and contrast to Frank Lloyd Wright's design by a contemporary at the Sullivan firm. Interested to learn about the former owners. Got to see the second floor which was less formal and more liveable.
  • We recently held a celebration of life at Pleasant Home. The staff could not have been better. The space is fantastic and the guests had lots of room to spread out and spill out on to the porch and grounds. I am told that a/c is in the works. This will make it even better. Alice and Paul were outstanding.
  • A gorgeous temple, close to the lakefront. Serene, peaceful, spiritually abounds. Learn about the B'hai faith, meditate and enjoy.
  • A great green space surrounds this building which is just a little bit off, and that makes is interesting and endears it to the visitor. The proportions are just a bit off - everything a bit too square, no respect for the golden ratio, inside a slightly bizarre mix of old fashioned movie theatre and golden era opulence on the first floor, a bit more traditional and conservative upstairs, in the private quarters. The major surprise - ensuite bathrooms for most - maybe all? - bedrooms, definitely a rarity for the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century. There is something very personal and very moving about this building, that i cannot quite explain. I enjoyed my visit, and my guide was very knowledgeable and personable. It may not be the finest example of architecture in a suburb as architecturally significant as Oak Park is, but it leaves you with a feeling of warmth, of friendliness, as if the owners themselves greeted you to their house.
  • Nice home from the past beautiful windows

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