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Arts and Crafts Tours and Exhibits

Posted on: August 8, 2007

Here are a few listings of arts and crafts tours and exhibits. There may be more in your area.

Tour: Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Year-round, Bryn Athyn, PA
Guided tours of the historically significant center of the Swedenborgian Community of Bryn Athyn. Specialty Tours by request. The Cathedral was built between 1919 – 1927 using a purist idea of the Arts and Crafts Artisian Guild System. Some of the original guild shops are still in use and continue to house craftsman. This building and its environment are unique among Arts and Crafts era communities in that the religious beliefs of the Swedenborgian community were blended with the Arts and Crafts ideology. Tours for individuals are free. Tours for large groups $2.00 per person. Contact the Cathedral between the hours of 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at 215.947.0266.

Tour: Boettcher Mansion of Lookout Mountain
Year-round, Golden, CO (20 minutes from Denver)
Tour a 1917 Arts and Crafts mansion, a 10,000 square foot “summer home” built by Charles Boettcher, famous Colorado entrepreneur. Dramatic cathedral ceilings with carved beams, massive stone walk in fireplace, some original hardware and lighting. Japanese patio lanterns are a delight! See permanent exhibit of early Mansion photos and original blueprints, including an ink-on-linen drawing. Open all year round, generally Mon – Sat. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday varies. Call for schedule of tours and information on renting for private or corporate meetings and social events. On 110 forested acres with views of the Continental Divide and the Colorado plains. Free for touring. (303) 526-0855.

Tour: Gamble House
Ongoing, Pasadena, CA
The David B. Gamble House, constructed in 1908, is an internationally recognized masterpiece of the turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts movement in America. It is the most complete and original example of the work of architects Charles & Henry Greene. A National Historic Landmark. One-hour guided tours Thursday-Sunday noon-3 p.m. Closed national holidays. General admission: $8; Students/65+: $5; Children under 12 with an adult, FREE. Group tours available by reservation. For information call 626/793-3334 or visit the Web site.

Tour:George White and Anna Gunn Marston House
Ongoing, San Diego, CA
A craftsman style mansion built in 1905. Docent led tours are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Regular admission: $5; seniors, military and students: $4. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.
Exhibit: Gustav Stickley and His Era
Ongoing, Syracuse, NY
A small ongoing exhibit of Gustav Stickley and the Arts & Crafts era. Showing period examples of his work along with his peers. At the Everson Museum, corner of Harrison and State Streets. Telephone: 315/447-6064.

Tour: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Year-round, Oak Park, IL
Tours led by guides from the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, these 45-minute tours of FLW’s restored home and studio are offered year-round. Monday – Friday 11 a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 951 Chicago, Oak Park, IL 60302, (708) 848-1976.


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