Category Archives: Park and the Palace

Current details and historical information about Robert Allerton’s home and the English style gardens that were the domain of this private gentleman

A new perspective of Rainey Bennett – Four Floral Panels

The Chicago artist, Rainey Bennett, painted the four floral paintings that are inset within the paneling of the Oak Room at the Allerton Retreat Center. They were painted and installed in 1951. A handwritten letter dated to October, 1951, in … Continue reading

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It’s all in the details…

Can you find the small change in the pair of Bronze Maidens? Compare the shots from 2016 and 2017. The cable series Project Runway, Fixer Upper and Million Dollar Listing and others sell their fans on the details. It’s all … Continue reading

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A New View of The Park

Take a look at this drone video of the Formal Gardens of Allerton Park! A bird’s eye perspective. Enjoy!

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Puvis de Chavannes on exhibit at Allerton Park

Last year, this vintage postcard gave unexpected proof that this painting actually exhibited in the Allerton House. A copy of a 1955 letter in the University Archives about Robert Allerton’s request for the loan of the painting gave rise to … Continue reading

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Charioteers and Racing Minds

Two gloved and goggled Park volunteers on scaffolding armed with buckets and hand brushes recently scrubbed the pedestal of a Charioteer. The mild weather and shady location undoubtedly made this task a pleasant one. A dedicated force of volunteers serve … Continue reading

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Bulb Garden Renewal Worth Taking a Walk

The vision and efforts of many in the renewal of the Bulb Garden come to fruition in this newly landscaped garden. It is truly spectacular! Last fall a newly designed concrete sidewalk replaced the narrow slab perimeter walk. Three half … Continue reading

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The Sunsinger Connection

At the Sunsinger circle one Saturday morning last fall, I encountered a fellow hiker and his wife photographing the Sunsinger. I stopped to chat, asking him if it was their first visit to The Park. It was not, but they … Continue reading

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Denicheur d’Oursons – The Snatcher of Baby Bears

From the details of a published catalogue La Main et le Multiple, Emmanuel Fremiet, French animal sculptor cast only two of the life-sized bronze statues entitled Denicheur d’Oursons. Translated into English, the title means the snatcher of baby bears from … Continue reading

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The Gorilla Carrying-Off a Woman

The Fremiet group entitled Gorille Enlevant une Femme, translated Gorilla Carrying-off a woman, and commonly referred to locally at The Gorilla, made its spectacular debut at the Salon of 1887. Fremiet’s previous version in 1859 titled Gorilla carrying-off a Negro … Continue reading

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The Fremiet Bronzes – The Bear and The Gorilla

A catalogue raisonee refers to the 1899-1900 commission of the Park’s Denicheur  and Gorille. The Rock Island politician and railroad tycoon, Ransom Cable, commissioned the pair. Ransom’s family owned he Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, commonly referred in song and legend … Continue reading

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