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

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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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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Over the Rainbow – Allerton Concert in the Park – Friday, June 27, 2014

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“KindofaSorta” Torch is Passed

The last Sunday morning of July marked a passing of the torch to the newest generation of Allerton Park enthusiasts. Childhood friends who began kindergarten together in Mrs. Miglin’s class carried their daughters on a stroll through the Allerton Park … Continue reading

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Many thanks to The Park Volunteers and Staff

Friday night’s Concert in The Park welcomed a large crowd to enjoy Kilborn Alley’s performance of blues with guest vocalist, Abraham Johnson. After several years absence, the increased turn out each month for this season reveals that this venue of live … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend – 2013

  The Memorial Day weekend can be summed up in one word “Rainy.” Friday turned out to be the only good day for a weekend visit to The Park. Saturday the rain began around noon and continued for the rest … Continue reading

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