Monthly Archives: November 2014

Conclusions from a Historical Perspective

What then are conclusions that can be drawn from a historical perspective? The University was poorly prepared to run a public Park. Lacking a cohesive plan for Allerton Park and House, the management and reporting structure for the Park and … Continue reading

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Meet and Greet and the Master Plan – October 7, 2014

On October 7, 2014, the University of Illinois, Allerton Park and House and Ratio Architects hosted an open house/ meet and greet for the general public.  The preliminary draft of the Master Plan for the future for Allerton Park and … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the 1970’s and the “Persistent Question”

In the early 1970’s, John Gregg Allerton requested an accounting of all the accounts for Allerton Park, Farms and House. From 1972 until 1979, he was stonewalled by the Foundation Assistant Comptroller who managed all of the Allerton accounts. Letter … Continue reading

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Hott House was a Hot Mess!

In 1960, the Board of Trustees accepted a conditional and designated charitable gift that would adversely impact Allerton House for the next 15 years. At the October 19, 1960 BOT meeting, the University accepted the gift of a private estate … Continue reading

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“I am not interested in underwriting a hotel.”

While Robert Allerton gifted the North farms to the University in 1946, he retained ownership of the South farms until 1952. Even though he had publicly announced the South farms would be gifted to the Art Institute of Chicago, ownership … Continue reading

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The Making of the Indentures

Robert first formally proposed the gift of his estate to the University of Illinois in 1941. The BOT formally accepted this future offer in Executive Session on July 22, 1941. In July, 1944, with the war ended, Robert returned to … Continue reading

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The Primitive Men – revisited

Rather than repost a lengthy post on the subject, the reader is referred to the July 23, 2013 posting http://www.iloveallertonpark.com/2013/07/22/the-primitive-men-garden-statues/ posting regarding the Primitive Men statues at Allerton Park. The question to repeat here is “Where is the Glyn Philpot … Continue reading

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