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

The Primitive Men – Garden Statues

A pair of Primitive Men stand on the path between the House and the Brick Garden. The original inspiration for the two figures may date from 1913. The British artist, Glyn Philpot, created the 28 inch tall clay model during … Continue reading

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John Borie, architect of The House and formal gardens

A pair of Sphinx guard the stairs leading from the front of Robert Allerton’s Monticello House to the reflecting pond. The exact date of their installation is unknown. John Borie, the architect of the House and Brick Garden, rendered scaled … Continue reading

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The Lost Garden Rediscovered at Kauai

The common denominator between the Kauai Allerton Garden and Allerton Park Monticello is evident in the Diana Garden at Kauai. In fact there are two common features. One is that many of the pieces installed at the Kauai garden were … Continue reading

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Robert and John’s Kauai Paradise – the other Allerton Park

In 1964, shortly before his death, Robert Allerton and life partner and adopted son, John Gregg, entered into a charter agreement by Congressional act to establish the Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden. This later became the National Tropical Botanical Garden. The … Continue reading

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2013 – A blank canvas in the snow

Happy New Year – January 1st The Park was nearly empty this morning. The interior path in the Peony Garden bore no trace of previous footprints.In the final Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, Calvin looked out the clean blanket of snow … Continue reading

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The question of tax exemption for the Allerton gift

At the time of Robert Allerton’s gift of his estate to the University of Illinois, Carl Glasgow was serving as Piatt County’s State’s Attorney.  He served as State’s Attorney from 1936 until 1964. According to Mr. Glasgow’s obituary, at the … Continue reading

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62 Washington Square South, New York, New York

What is the definition of someone with no life? – a person who blogs about someone else’s life.                                                                                                                -the author In New York City, a must-see for an “Allerton nut” (like me) is Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich … Continue reading

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Now that you’ve been introduced to the park – Let’s go back to the beginning

Now that I’ve introduced some great hiking opportunities at the Park, I will return to a basic introduction to Robert Allerton Park, commonly shortened to just Allerton Park. This park in Piatt County, Illinois, was established by the gift of … Continue reading

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