Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a landmark Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park, Illinois, one the nation’s most architecturally significant villages.
Pleasant Home is a national architectural treasure, designed in 1897 by prominent Prairie Style architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School architecture and is the finest surviving example of Maher’s work. Though Maher designed more than 300 structures in the Unites States, Pleasant Home is the only Maher building open to the public as a museum.
The house was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and was declared a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior in 1996. Much more than a museum, Pleasant Home is a vibrant cultural destination offering a year-round schedule of educational programs, community events and cultural performances. Pleasant Home is also a popular location for weddings, special occasions and corporate events.
A historic property of the Park District of Oak Park, Pleasant Home is operated by the Pleasant Home Foundation, which was formed in 1990 to preserve, restore, and operate the home. Pleasant Home is a beloved Oak Park treasure and destination for visitors to Oak Park from throughout the world, who come to enjoy the well-known Chicago suburb’s rich architectural, historic and cultural offerings.