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About Pleasant Home

Pleasant Home is considered one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School Architecture in the nation and is operated by the Pleasant Home Foundation as a living museum, which is open to the public and offers a year-round schedule of educational programs, community events and festivals and cultural performances.  

The house was designed in 1897 by noted architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson and his wife Mamie Ashworth Farson.  The design of Pleasant Home broke with the traditional Queen Anne and colonial revival styles of most of the homes in Oak Park. The simplified massing of Farson’s house, its broad front porch, the smooth surfaces of Roman bricks and stone, and the use of decorative motifs to unify the interior decoration and furnishings mark it as an outstanding Prairie Schoolhouse.


The 30-room architectural gem is a showcase of 19th-century craftsmanship and artistry, with rich custom woodwork throughout the location, extraordinary art glass windows, a massive fireplace, intricate woodcarvings, and tile work.

Pleasant Home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. That same year, it was included in the Illinois Historic Structures Survey. In 1996, the National Park Service made Pleasant Home a National Historic Landmark and the Village of Oak Park named it one of the first Oak Park Landmarks.

The Pleasant Home Foundation is dedicated to restoring, preserving and operating the home both as a beloved local civic institution, as well as a destination for visitors from around the world who come to Oak Park to enjoy its vast array of architectural and cultural treasures. 



What's New at Pleasant Home? 



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Benjamin H. Marshall, Architect

A Documentary by the Benjamin Marshall Society

January 17, 2020  at 7pm

Donations, drink/snack tickets at the door





 Jazz Night

with The Stardust Serenaders

February 1, 2020  at 7pm


Details and tickets





Dopamine Jeannette Andrews


An Evening of Close Up Magic with Jeanette Andrews

February 28 and 29, 2020

Click for Details and Tickets 






    Tour And Tea at Pleasant Home

teacup 1 square  Enjoy a one-hour tour of historic Pleasant Home

followed by a private tea with sweet and savory treats 

in our grand setting.

Available Thursday - Sunday, $30 per person 

One week notice kindly requested.

Reserve by calling or emailing: 708-383-2654 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






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Thanks, Frank!







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Pleasant Home Promo Video!
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