Posted by: mettle.art | November 8, 2010

McNeil Mansion 11th Annual Holiday Open House

I am honored to be a part of this event.  Illinois friends, I am telling you, this place is amazing!  Built in 1881 for  John McNeil, this 25 room home turned into a sanitarium in the 1930s, electric shock treatments were delivered there in the 50s and presently, it’s a home once again.

Mary Krebsbach lives there with her husband Tom and once a year they open up their home for two weekends to the public for an art and craft extravaganza.

I popped into the mansion for the first time last week and you can feel the past inside.  It was a bright and sunny afternoon so I wasn’t creeped, but left alone there on a cold, windy night with nothing but my imaginings, I’d lose it.  I’m sure.

Nobody has to worry about losing it there this coming weekend (Nov. 12-14) or the following weekend (Nov. 19-21) from 10am-5pm because the place will be packed to the gills with the work of local craftspeople.   Myself included.

Stop by and see me on the next two Sundays from 1pm-5pm when I’ll be working. Come by anytime to see the work of your neighbors, to feel the history of this house, or to buy gifts for you and your loved ones.

162 S. State St. (Hwy 31)  Elgin, IL

A short walk from the National Street Metra Stop

Admission is $3

Hope to see you.

Will be bringing bowls, glass balls and magnets.  More pictures soon.

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