Thursday, March 3, 2011

Small Museum of the Month: Fabyan Villa Museum

The Fabyan Villa Museum is the former home of George and Nelle Fabyan, a wealthy progressive couple from Chiocago.  The Fabyans commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to remodel and expand the 1870's farmhouse, which they named the Villa.  A guided tour tells the story of the Fabyan’s lives in Geneva , and reveals the scope of their country estate, Riverbank.  The home is partially furnished, with some spaces used to display their collections and other estate artifacts.   

The Japanese Garden is a historic landscape site, with original and recreated structures.  The Fabyans had the garden designed and installed below the Villa in 1910.  The Garden has undergone extensive renovation since 1972.

Fabyan Villa Museum

Open May 15 to October 15

Public hours—guided tours:
                       Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.  (last tour 3:30 p.m.)
                       Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4:30 p.m.  (last tour 4 p.m.)
 Tours on the half hour, last 45 minutes
                       Self-guided family tours:
                       June through August, Thursdays 1-4 p.m.

Admission--suggested donation of $2 per adult, $1 per child
Japanese Garden

Open May 1 to October 15

Public hours—self-guided tours:
                       Wednesdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m.

Admission—suggested donation of $1 per  person

Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk through

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