Living in Style: The Development of the Interior Decorator in the Gilded Age

When: Thu., March 25, 6 p.m. 2010

During the Gilded Age, the role of the interior decorator evolved aesthetically and commercially in the creation of stylish interiors. The high style interiors of the 1870s were mainly created by cabinetmakers. During the 1880s, artists took up interior design and added a new level of sophistication. Many of the architects who were commissioned to design the houses of the very wealthy during the 1890s designed the interiors as well. By the turn of the century the professional interior decorator emerged to assemble interior schemes advocating good taste and comfort. The Driehaus Museum’s 2010 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Program explores the nature of invention and innovation in the design of American interiors during the Gilded Age. This year's entire Program is open and free to the public. RSVP at 312 482 8933 ext.21 or For more information visit


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