Step inside the world of Robert Allerton Park in central Illinois and
discover the rich history and surprising stories of the stately home,
formal gardens, and woodland trails that make up this national natural
About This Book
Named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, Robert Allerton Park is
visited by nearly 100,000 people annually. Allerton, a wealthy Chicago
philanthropist and art collector, donated his palatial country estate to
the University of Illinois in 1946 with the intent that it should be
maintained as a wildlife preserve and an example of landscape gardening.
Today Robert Allerton Park is a National Natural Landmark and on the
National Register of Historic Places..
Take a tour of the home and gardens, led by architecture graduate
student David L. Finnigan. Beautiful color photography and original
architect's drawings bring the history of Allerton Park to life. Dozens
of archival photographs, 21 in color, have all been painstakingly
restored especially for this book, many never before published.
This extensively researched book begins with the story of the Allerton
family, from origins as Mayflower pilgrims to Samuel Allerton's fortunes
in the Chicago banking and stockyard industry. Follow the path of young
Robert Allerton, Samuel's only son, as he travels to Europe for art
school, becomes a patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, and develops
his Piatt County estate into an "oasis on the prairie" with formal
gardens and statuary. The story concludes with the changes to the Park
since 1946 when the University of Illinois acquired the property.
Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, Inside Allerton stands as
a definitive record of this unique destination in central Illinois.
Inside Allerton web site: http://www.gsbrenac.com/allerton.html
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Springfield: Prairie Archives
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