Prairie Glass House

The Prairie Glass House is inspired by some of the great modernist glass houses of the twentieth century—but it is also unique in many ways. In fact, it is a very twenty-first century building.

All its exterior walls are gentle curves. It has no windows; instead, it has 94 doors opening out onto a magnificent prairie forest. In summer, open all the doors and it is a breezy pavilion. In winter, it is a warm oasis sitting gently in the winter forest.

The house is situated in 17 acres of forest on the edge of Champaign IL, a remnant of the original Big Grove, including some of the largest oaks in the region, up to 350 years old. The main house consists of 4/6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 1 commercial style kitchen and 1 kitchenette, a heated indoor pool and sauna. The coach house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen.

70 people can be seated for a meal inside the house, 250 standing and sitting inside and outside, with space to set up a tent with further capacity abutting the house, up to 300 people seated. We have chairs, tables, table settings, table linens for 200. More can be hired.

The grounds include: the multi-award winning Victor meditation hut by Jeffery Poss, architect; a picturesque pond with jetty and pedal boat; and the pyramid, a homage to the Mississippian culture and the people who for thousands of years lived in the forest on this very site.

We are located  on northern outskirts of Champaign-Urbana, approximately 1 mile from I-57 and I-74. The property has a large, shaded parking with a short distance from the house, as well as passenger drop-off and disabled parking at the house itself.