Christia Reade

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  • Christia
  • Maria
  • Reade
  • Christia M. Reade
  • Reade
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • 1868
  • after 1908
  • 15 W. Maple St., Lombard, Illinois
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 211 Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 1897: Marshall Field Building, State St., Chicago, Illinois 1902-1929: 1039 Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Illinois  
  • Draftsman, Furniture Maker, Stained Glass, Watercolorist
  • late 1880s: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Decorative Design, Chicago, Illinois
    2½ years study in Europe
    Student of Luc-Olivier Merson, Paris, France
  • 1895: Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1897: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1902-1903: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; carved walnut bellows; mahogany book rack; copper mounting for a leather bag; copper lock with plates and hinge ornaments; an oak screen with copper panels; copper buckles, brooches, and cloak buttons set with opal, malachite, and amber

    March 31-April 19, 1908: Twenty-First Annual Exhibition the Chicago Architectural Club, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; leather mats, chair with leather carving, cover of Bride’s Book
  • Lombard Historical Society, Lombard, Illinois

    Trinity Episcopal Church, Wheaton, Illinois

    West Chicago Public Library District, West Chicago, Illinois
  • Bennett, Frances Cheney. History of Music and Art in Illinois. Philadelphia, Historical Publishing Co., 1904. Evon, Darcy L. Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry: 1890-1940. Schiffer, 2014. Karlin, Elyse Zorn, et. Maker & Muse: Women in Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry. 2015. “Miss Christina M. Reade, and Her Work,” in The Decorator and Furnisher, February 1897 Stone, Wilbur Macey, “Women Designers of Book-Plates,” New York: The Triptych, 1902.
  • 1895-?: Palette Club, Chicago, Illinois

    1917:  Chicago Artists Guild

    Artists’ Guild, Chicago, Illinois

    art associations in Oak Park and Lombard, Illinois

    Chicago Woman's Club

    Illinois Equal Suffrage Association
  • 1914: Municipal Art Artists’ League prize, Annual Exhibition of Applied Art and Original Designs for Decorations, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; lamps and fixtures [with George H. Trautman]
  • principal designer with the Krayle Company and Workshops, Marshall Field building, Chicago, Illinois; she was a founder of this company in 1899


    progressive thinker
  • Driehaus Museum blog, May 6, 2015 on the Lilac Festival Queen crown
  • Parents: Josiah Torrey and Christia Murray Reade; father from Chicago, mother a New York school teacher