Category Archives: Allertonia

Biographical information about Robert Allerton, his partner, John Gregg, and friends who create the mystery, mystique, magic and myth about this wonderful place

Watercolor Vignette – Groundskeeper at work

During Robert and John Gregg Allerton’s tenure at their Monticello, Illinois estate dubbed “The Farms,” they employed a full time staff of ten that included cook, housekeeper, driver/butler and groundskeepers. Some of the staff were married couples or relatives. Some … Continue reading

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – Newport of the West

Another long anticipated Allerton Field trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, finally came to fruition in mid-May. The cloudless, sunny blue sky defied the strong wind and chilly temperatures which struggled to make 60 degrees. A Milwaukee couple familiar with the … Continue reading

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An On Line Auction Provides an Answer

During the course of research, new research threads are opened. Many times, a random find in the archives only raises a puzzling question that remains unanswered for a decade or longer. A letter dated March 9, 1955, from the director … Continue reading

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A Persistent Question – the Library Overmantle

It’s amazing what one can find on on-line auctions! A recent (serendipitous) acquisition is a small souvenir cardboard mailer of 8 miniature photos of Allerton Park. These were printed by the Grogan Photo Company in Danville, Illinois. They were in … Continue reading

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Was Bessie White at Robert Allerton’s house?

On Thursday, June 28, 1906, the Piatt County Journal Republican reported: Tuesday’s papers told of the murder of Standord White a New York architect by Millionaire Thaw. The wife of the murdered man chaperoned two young ladies who visited Robert … Continue reading

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July Field Trip to Chicago

As historian of Robert Allerton, how is research conducted when there is little archived material that comes from the man directly? We are made privy to Robert’s personal correspondence only through the archives of another – Roger Quilter, Henry James, … Continue reading

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The Bartlett murals – Where are they now?

 Robert Allerton and Frederic Clay Bartlett, both born in 1873, lived on Chicago’s Prairie Avenue. Robert was mostly homeschooled with tutors, but the boys played with the neighborhood children, most of whom were also children of industrialists. The two would … Continue reading

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Question of the Overmantle

Yesterday’s guided tours through Allerton House were extremely well attended. Tour groups required division to manage the crowd. Well done! Maureen Holtz, co-author of a well-written and well-researched book on Robert Allerton did a wonderful job in telling the story. Many books … Continue reading

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The Color of Green

As Kermit the Frog sings, “It’s not easy being green.” Within the past few months, two unrelated observations referred to the Sunsinger’s glowing turquoise color. On the first occasion a Park visitor had returned with her husband to visit The … Continue reading

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Oakley Dam and Reservoir – a ‘new’ map of an old problem?

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, photocopies of this hand rendered Plan and Elevation maps of the Sangamon River filled the map slots at the trailhead of the Lost Garden trail at Robert Allerton Park (“The Park”). The Red Dot – … Continue reading

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