May - mid-October, Wednesday and Sundays, 1pm-4pm; June - August only, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 1pm-4pm
No charge; donations accepted;
Added to JGarden:
PPFV web site
Diana Malaker, Director
The Fabyan Villa Museum was the home of George and Nelle Fabyan from 1905 - 1939. It was initially their summer home, while they lived in Chicago, but as their estate grew into a lavish showplace, complete with fountains, swimming pools, a windmill, private zoo, tennis courts, and much more, they decided to make it their permanent residence. In 1907 they hired Frank Lloyd Wright to enlarge and re-model their home. When you visit the Villa Museum you experience Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, as well as the unique and fascinating Fabyan Story. The Museum contains the Fabyans' private collection of Asian artifacts, natural history specimens, Nelle's original Mission-Style bedroom furniture and some surprises!
You will learn about the Fabyans' many contributions to society such as being part of the Russo-Japanese Peace Negotiations, involvement in the Bacon/Shakespeare controversy, code-breaking which influenced both World Wars and produced America's most famous Cryptographer, and the generosity they bestowed on residents of the Fox Valley Area.
The Japanese Garden, first installed c. 1909, is a tranquil oasis where history melds with nature and theory. This special site affords you the opportunity to simply enjoy a bit of harmony with nature, or to learn how you might add some beauty to your own backyard.
Telling a tale as they go
Straw cape, umbrella.
Buson Yosa trans. by Brownas and Thwaite Edo period