Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest house. The house shows what life was like for a middle-class family in Chicago during the city’s formative years before the Civil War. Its fascinating history began at a time when family members could see the campfires of Native Americans in the distance.
Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice – during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Ticketed tours of this gracious Greek Revival style house are offered Wednesday through Sunday. Call The Glessner House Museum for more information.
For more history see the City of Chicago's website for The Clarke House at http://www.clarkehousemuseum.com/.
You can also find a great video of the 1977 relocation of The Clarke House at http://vimeo.com/4888169
Clarke House being moved in 1977