"Cuneo Museum & Gardens" Libertyville Things to Do Tip by deecat
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Cuneo Museum (formerly Hawthorn-Mellody Farms) is really a mansion that was built in 1914 & then purchased by John Cuneo (prominent Chicago businessman, philanthropist, & gentleman farmer) in 1937.
The mansion remained in the Cuneo family until 1990. It is of Venetian style architecture & features a 40-foot high great hall with arcaded balconies, sky lighted ceiling & grand staircase.
Venetian motifs include the carved stone frieze which forms the balcony railing & the painted coffered ceiling of the second story. It has double formal dining rooms & a private chapel with stained glass windows & frescoed ceilings. Imagine this, the walls of the indoor swimming pool are in travertine marble!.
The home is filled with fine old master paintings, 17th century tapestries, a collection of oriental rugs, much sculpture, & priceless silver.
The Ballroom is one of the best rooms in the mansion. At night adults gathered to enjoy music & to dance; in the daytime, the Cuneo children used the Ballroom as their playroom. It is a glassed-in room & has inlaid marble floors.
Frescoes are painted on the floor.
Of course, the highlight of the ballroom is a Steinway grand piano with a giltwood case which features a series of painted rondels of great composers on its side.
I enjoyed the grounds the most. They are comprised of 75 serene acres that have lakes, fountains, antique classical statues, formal gardens, and a private 9-hole golf course. there is also a conservatory that houses exotic plants
Museum tours are available:
Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday is a self guided tour
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Historical overviews are presented hourly.
Closed on Mondays
$5.00 per car for admission to the grounds attractions which include the gardens, conservatory, deer and goat pen, peacock house, and the Hawthorn-Mellody Exhibit but no mansion tour, which includes parking.
Mansion Tour costs $10.00 adults
9.00 senior citizens
5.00 12 & under and
Address: 1350 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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