Allerton Park is a mansion and estate located in Monticello, Illinois. The estate was originally owned by Robert Allerton, an American philanthropist and art collector. He purchased the property in 1900 and spent several decades transforming it into a beautiful estate with a Georgian-style mansion, gardens, and parkland.
The mansion at Allerton Park was designed by the architect Nathan Clifford Ricker and was built between 1914 and 1916. It was designed in the Georgian architectural style, which was popular in the United States during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The mansion was built with Indiana limestone and features classical details such as columns, pediments, and cornices.
In 1942, Robert Allerton bequeathed the estate to the University of Illinois, with the stipulation that it be used for educational and recreational purposes. The University of Illinois has since used the estate as a conference center, with the mansion serving as a backdrop for events such as weddings, retreats, and conferences. The estate has also been used as a research and education center, with the University of Illinois conducting various studies and programs related to ecology, horticulture, and conservation.
Today, Allerton Park is open to the public and offers visitors the chance to explore the estate’s gardens, parkland, and mansion. The mansion and estate are considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States, and they continue to be an important part of the cultural and educational landscape of Illinois.
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