Visiting the Richard Driehaus Museum, on the corner of Erie and Rush Streets, is an opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the splendor of a Gilded Age estate. Commissioned by Chicago banker Samuel Nickerson in 1879, the house has been painstakingly restored to its original opulence.
It is not believed that the Rotunda is by Tiffany. The Rotunda had been badly damaged but, incredibly, the manufacturer was found and still possessed the original formula used to make the glass. The restoration is amazing.
Hidden doors in the dining room allowed servants to pass from the kitchen or the parlor without intruding on the public space reserved for guests.
Exterior of the Mansion