The talks will take place at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Billiards Room—the Gilded Age version of the 'man cave'—on the lower level of the historic Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion.
Murphy will discuss the process of collecting, restoring, maintaining and building a collection of classic cars, welcoming questions and stories from all auto enthusiasts. "We'll discuss how you don't need to be wealthy or build a 50-car collection in order to rewardingly collect classic cars," Murphy says. Murphy will also discuss the three vintage cars on display, weather permitting, on Erie Street in front of the Driehaus Museum throughout the afternoon.
Viewing the cars not as mere objects, but players in a larger historical and cultural context, Mr. Murphy has increased the collection by 20 automobiles and has expanded its focus on unique concept cars and highly preserved, unrestored automobiles.
Steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a fascinating and rare example of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America's Gilded Age. The galleries are elegantly furnished with pieces from the most celebrated designers of the late 19th and early 20th century, such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Herter Brothers. These objets d'art are presented in harmony with the immaculately-restored interiors and surviving furnishings of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, which was designated as a Chicago landmark in 1977. For more information about the Museum, its collection or offerings, please visit DriehausMuseum.org.