While undertaking this research, I am continually surprised and intrigued by the connections between the various places where works are found. Sometimes the connections are so clear and obvious that it is hard not to imagine a larger pattern or history at work.
In 1887, J. L. Silsbee designed a home for
banker, inventor, Unitarian, and generally outspoken citizen, John Wilkinson. A native of Syracuse, N. Y., wilkinson was the son of Syracuse’s first lawyer, John Wilkinson Sr. The elder Wilkinson is considered a founding father of the upstate Chicago and gave it it’s name in the 1820’s. New York city
Syracuse mansion for Wilkinson’s sister, Rebecca, and her husband, George Barnes. Silsbee was also a close friend with Joseph Kirkland, another
Laura Ware Wilkinson, was an active author and was very influential in the home economics movement in