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Kitchen, Cuneo Museum…and a small rant

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One of the ways the family communicated with their staff.  The uniform the maids wore.

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See here it is again.  Women wore this costume to wait on people who were only different than they were, because they had more money.  People are brainwashed into believing and accepting their PLACE in life.  It’s all based on MONEY.  If the maid was born into money she would have a different life.  It’s not because of who the maid was, it’s because of WHAT SHE DIDN’T HAVE…she didn’t have money.

Those who do not ACCEPT the role set for them are labeled, ridiculed, jailed or killed and that’s not because they are wrong, it’s because they are DANGEROUS to the status quo.  This is a SYSTEM set up for and by the elite and everyone else is expected to obey or accept the consequences.  Those people aren’t any different or better than anyone else (except in their own minds) they just have more assets. People who “serve others,” are often expected to be grateful for being treated well.   Insanity.  Think about it.

The Ballroom, Cuneo Museum

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The lattice work in the corner, is in each corner, hides the radiator.  The chandelier is Venetian glass, the ceiling hand painted.  Steam heating pipes are inlaid below the floor to thwart the cold Chicago winters.

Cuneo Museum…the library

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The windows are so fabulous, throughout the entire mansion.  Heave lead glass and believe me when I say nothing has been left to chance.  Top of the line and amazing and it was done from 1912-1914.   They have automatic vacuum cleaners IN the walls in each room.  A small opening that sucks out the dust and deposits it in the basement.

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See, here’s the thing…3 pictures (Cuneo museum)

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Up until last year, lots and lots of people were married on the beautiful grounds of the Cuneo Museum.  Last year the catholic church refused to allow marriages on the property. See the church is against same sex marriages and now that they are legal, they won’t let marriages take place on the grounds. The catholic church discriminates against a lot of people.   Priests can rape little boys, and the church covers it up,  but the church refuses to let consenting, same sex, adults get married.  The Cuneo Museum is now owned by a catholic institution, so a lot of it’s original beauty is being tarnished and made ugly because of that.

You can’t have it both ways.  You can’t preach love and tolerance while you  lie, steal, murder, rape and pillage.  You can’t preach any of those things AND EXCLUDE PEOPLE at the same time.  THAT’S WRONG!  That’s prejudice on a grand scale.  The catholic church has no INTEGRITY.   None at all.   The catholic church does NOT treat people well.

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Side note:  There were peacocks on the grounds and when couples were getting married they had to put the birds in the peacock building (where they stayed during the winter) because they screamed constantly and sounded like screaming children.  No one could hear anything, so they were put inside until the weddings were over.

The Cuneo Museum…4 photographs

Deb and I went to see this place yesterday.  It was like walking into Downton Abbey but on a smaller scale.  The mansion is a Tuscan Villa.  The house (built between 1914-16) was built for Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison.  After the Great Depression destroyed his fortune, the house was purchased by John Cuneo, Sr.  It is, to quote the brochure:

“…a distinguished example from an era when commercial barons amassed great fortunes and created spectacular homes to serve as family retreats and social showcases.”

Many of the original objects are in the house and you definitely get a feeling of a different time and place.  The architecture and gardens are considered masterpieces, designed by Benjamin Marshall and Jens Jensen.  It has the the oldest residential elevator (designed by the original owner, Mr. Insull).  It also has a chapel with incredible stained glass windows, one of which depicts the two Cuneo children watched over by their guardian angel.  Some of the ceilings (which are incredible) are at least 20 feet high.

I’ll explain a lot more with different photographs.  But I must admit, being there for a few hours, wandering around the grounds and the gorgeous mansion, made both of us feel as if the outside world did not exist.  We felt part of the place, as if we had actually gone back in time and nothing else was around us.  What we felt surprised both of us.  Fifteen servants worked in the house.  Some lived in, while others lived in cottages on the property.

The gardens were not as beautiful as in summer and many of the plants had been removed for the coming winter.  There was a huge greenhouse on the premises, where gardeners grew the flowers for the garden and the house.

It was an amazing experience and we plan to go there in December when the two  story Christmas tree will be put up.

We were lucky in several ways.  It was a self guided tour, it was free and we started talking to a gentleman who, up until a year ago, was a guide for the tours.  He actually gave us a tour and told us so many wonderful details that we were so happy to know.  He was wonderful and said that we would have had to pay for that but today was free.  I don’t know how much it costs to get in.  It’s usually closed and open 2 Saturday’s a month, maybe.

The house was donated to Loyola University.  It has been under renovation for years and it continues today.

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