• Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park

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    Step inside the world of Robert Allerton Park in central Illinois and
    discover the rich history and surprising stories of the stately home,
    formal gardens, and woodland trails that make up this national natural landmark.

    Named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, Robert Allerton Park is
    visited by nearly 100,000 people annually. Allerton, a wealthy Chicago philanthropist and art collector, donated his palatial country estate to
    the University of Illinois in 1946 with the intent that it should be
    maintained as a wildlife preserve and an example of landscape gardening.
    Today Robert Allerton Park is a National Natural Landmark and on the
    National Register of Historic Places..

    Take a tour of the home and gardens, led by architecture graduate
    student David L. Finnigan. Beautiful color photography and original
    architect's drawings bring the history of Allerton Park to life. Dozens
    of archival photographs, 21 in color, have all been painstakingly
    restored especially for this book, many never before published.

    This extensively researched book begins with the story of the Allerton
    family, from origins as Mayflower pilgrims to Samuel Allerton's fortunes
    in the Chicago banking and stockyard industry. Follow the path of young
    Robert Allerton, Samuel's only son, as he travels to Europe for art
    school, becomes a patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, and develops
    his Piatt County estate into an "oasis on the prairie" with formal
    gardens and statuary. The story concludes with the changes to the Park
    since 1946 when the University of Illinois acquired the property.
    Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, Inside Allerton stands as
    a definitive record of this unique destination in central Illinois.


    Purchase Inside Allerton At Your Local Bookstore Today

    Champaign: Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inside-allerton-david-l-finnigan/1126274081?ean=9780692867402

    Springfield: Prairie Archives

    Inside Allerton is available now for order at any bookstore or at Amazon.com

    The G.S. Brenac Publishing House,
    Springfield, IL

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