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

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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Puvis de Chavannes at Allerton House and Boston Public Library

What does The Park (Robert Allerton Park) and the Boston Public Library have in common? The answer: Puvis de Chavannes. Have you visited the Boston Public LIbrary. The murals by the great French artist, Puvis de Chavannes were painted in … Continue reading

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How Did You Score on the Previous Test?

In case you missed the Wildflower Identification Field Test, refer to the previous post. How many different flowers can you identify in this photo? More than four?

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Winter’s Over – but Here’s a Last Look at Winter

The February snows brought an opportunity to enjoy the Park with a new generation of Park afficianados. The Park is totally about these relationships. Two back to back snow storms stranded Dallas residents in Piatt County. So what do two … 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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