Past Event

The House Twain and Tiffany Built

The Hartford home of Mark Twain and his family was designed to be a showstopper, a visual representation of the celebrated author who lived within its picturesque Gothic frame.

To create grand interiors on par with Twain’s mounting success, Louis C. Tiffany & Co. , Associated Artists, was commissioned in 1881, the same year the firm redecorated the state rooms of President Chester Arthur’s White House. Tiffany and his partners—Candace Wheeler, Lockwood DeForest, and Samuel Coleman—adorned Twain’s home’s public spaces with rich motifs derived from exotic regions of the world such as Turkey, China, Morocco, India, and Japan.

During this final lecture of the 2013 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series season, Patti Philippon of the Mark Twain House & Museum will take the audience on a visual tour of the splendor still to be found in the restored mansion, while exploring the meaning behind design choices made by the family as well as Louis C. Tiffany & Co. and other interior designers.

Doors open at 5pm for guests wishing to visit the museum.

Tickets: Museum Members $5; Public $15
Space is limited. Advanced purchase is recommended.
Purchase tickets online or via phone at 312.482.8933, ext. 21.

This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2013 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.

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