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Richard Driehaus and Nicky Mayber, great-granddaughter of the Mansion's original owner Samuel Nickerson.

Richard Driehaus and daughters Caroline Driehaus and Tereza Driehaus.

Select guests from Chicago's cultural, corporate and civic communities gathered on May 15th, 16th and 17th at River North's newest museum dubbed the “Marble Palace.” Guests toured the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, housed in the historic Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, at leisure to view a striking 25ft . stained glass dome, the interior's 17 types of marble and a unique collection of late 19th and early 20th century art - which includes one of the largest private holdings of work by preeminent American decorative designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Hosted by Richard Driehaus, a Chicago native and successful mutual fund manager, the parties offered more than 150 guests an exclusive preview of the Museum before it opened to the public on June 1.  A string quartet welcomed guests into the intimate party while wine and hors d'ourves circled the Museum's rooms. Guests parted with a book commemorating the Museum and its remarkable history and restorations.    

Richard Driehaus, Mayor Richard Daley and Kirby Talley, founding executive director of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Richard Driehaus and Maggie Daley.

Richard H. Driehaus Museum executive director Sunny Fischer and leading art collectors Lewis Manilow and Susan Manilow.

Kirby Talley, Richard H. Driehaus Museum lead architect Joe Antunovich and Richard H. Driehaus Museum lead contractor Allan Bulley.

Mel Carl Smith, Department of Cultural Affairs deputy commissioner Janet Carl Smith and Landmarks Illinois president David Bahlmann.

Richard Driehaus and noted photographer Victor Skrebneski.

John McCarter, president and CEO of the Field Museum of Natural History and wife Judy McCarter.

Illinois Arts Council executive director Terry Scrogum and Romie Munoze.

Richard Driehaus, Kaarina Koskenalusta, president and CEO of the Executives Club of Chicago and Kirby Talley.

Richard H. Driehaus Museum curator David Bagnall and Cook County commissioner Forrest Claypool.

Carol Wyant, Chicago History Museum president Gary Johnson and Richard Driehaus.

Representative Jack Franks and wife Debby Franks.

Art enthusiast E.M. Bakwin and HGTV host and owner of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Leslie Hindman.

Interior decorator Jordana Joseph and husband Glen Saltzberg.

Didier LePauw and Jane LePauw.

Elizabeth Driehaus, Richard Driehaus, Veronica Zepeda, Paul Ragl.

Guest, James Mellin, Marzena Mellin.

Photos: Images 1-6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19:   Robert Carl. Images 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18:   Mitchell Canoff
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