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Home for the Holidays

The Fricks celebrated many Christmases at Clayton between 1883 and 1905, when they moved to New York City. The family continued to come back to Clayton for Christmas until 1913, when their holiday celebrations shifted to their newly built New York home.

 

Cost:

Frick members: free
General admission: $12
Seniors and students: $10
Active duty military: $10
Children 16 and under: $6


Reservations:

Strongly recommended, as
holiday tours fill extremely quickly

Contact: 412-371-0600

The Fricks celebrated many Christmases at Clayton between 1883 and 1905, when they moved to New York City. The family continued to come back to Clayton for Christmas until 1913, when their holiday celebrations shifted to their newly built New York home. This year, the holiday tour of Clayton focuses on the years from1905 to 1913, when Helen and Childs were older and Christmas trips to Clayton meant seeing family and old friends, and reconnecting with the home where their childhood Christmases were spent.

             
One well-documented return trip to Pittsburgh happened in December 1908, when Helen Frick made her society debut at the age of 20. She preferred that this important event happen in Pittsburgh, rather than New York. Together, she and her mother planned a reception and party for December 16. Archival materials and photographs from the debut reception will help docents to highlight this special event at Clayton

             
One privilege that a young woman gained by making her debut was the ability to formally host dinners and parties. During the holiday season of 1910, Helen Frick did just that, joining her brother Childs in hosting a December 26th party for over 70 friends at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. Simultaneously, Mr. and Mrs. Frick threw a smaller dinner party for friends and family in an adjoining room. Newspaper accounts of the party and archival materials related to planning the event bring the evening to life on the tour. An account in the December 27, 1910 Pittsburgh Gazette gives great detail about the decorations for the dinner, “On the small table centerpiece was a large round mound of pink Killarney roses and white lilacs. Three tall crystal vases filled with Killarney roses decorated the long table and between the vases was a low garland in serpentine effect of pink roses and white lilacs with farleyense ferns.” These descriptions provide the inspiration for the Clayton dining room holiday decoration this year.

             

Although the tour will present new research related to events that occurred when the Frick children were older, favorites like the children’s stockings, toys and books can be seen in the nursery. Other artifacts on display connect to the theme of the family retuning to Pittsburgh—travel sets and clothing, and games and activities the family might have enjoyed as they spent the holiday winter evenings in Clayton. We know from photographs and inscriptions that the Fricks often gave books as gifts, and one inscribed by Andrew Carnegie to Henry Clay Frick in 1893, will be featured in the installation.

             

The holiday installations at Clayton are based on photographs dating to around 1900—some taken by friend and neighbor Lewis Stephany and some taken by Childs Frick, Some of these photos featuring simple yet pretty family holiday decorations will be included in the tour. As seen in these photographs, a gift table, positioned on the enclosed porch near the Christmas tree, will feature a display of books and family items that were likely given as gifts during the holiday season—which in addition to Christmas, was also a month of many family celebrations—including Mr. and Mrs. Frick’s birthdays and their wedding anniversary. An abundance of live poinsettias, fresh greens, and, as always, a live tree on the enclosed porch bring holiday warmth to Clayton.


Ongoing tours of Clayton

Experience art and history in a distinctive, memorable way with a docent-led tour of Clayton, the historic home of the Henry Clay Frick family (above), and/or The Frick Art Museum. These tours provide you with opportunities to view fine and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the present, as well as learn how the Frick family lived during the turn of the 20th century.

Preview a Clayton tour online:
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Life in the Gilded Age
Offered year-round

Clayton is an example of both the home of a wealthy Pittsburgh family and of late Victorian architecture and interior design. Visitors on the Life in the Gilded Age tour have the unique experience of learning about the Frick family, local history and Victorian social customs in the family's home, where more than 90% of the furniture and artifacts on display are original.


Cost:

Frick members: free
General admission: $12
Seniors and students: $10
Active duty military: $10
Children 16 and under: $6

Reservations: Strongly recommended
Contact: 412-371-0600

 

Group tours of Clayton
Offered year-round.

Group tour rates are available for 11 or more people. All large groups are divided into smaller groups of 8-10, which depart at ten-minute intervals to begin the tour. When groups are not touring Clayton, they may visit The Frick Art Museum, Greenhouse, or Museum Store.

Visit our Group Tours page for more information.


Ongoing Clayton tour specials

Clayton tours

Tuesdays: Purchase one Clayton admission, get one FREE

How does the Frick say thank you to loyal visitors and welcome new ones? All visitors who purchase one admission to Clayton on Tuesdays receive one admission of equal or lesser value for FREE.

Not good for groups of 11 or more.
Reservations are recommended. Call 412-371-0600.



Clayton tours   Thursdays: $5 tours for seniors

On Thursdays, senior citizens (62 and older) can tour Clayton for just $5 per person.

Not good for groups of 11 or more.
Reservations are recommended. Call 412-371-0600.

Book club  

Book Groups: Combine reading with a Clayton tour

The Frick now offers an exciting and innovative new program that allows book reading groups and clubs to enhance their reading experience with a visit to the Frick. Included are a special tour of Clayton and 30-minute book discussion of your choice of four books:

Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel
by Susan Vreeland
• The Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson
• Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures
by Cynthia Saltzman.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton


Get more details here
or call 412-342-4091.


Group tours of the current exhibition

Charles Courtney Curran  

Docent-led tours of our current exhibition are provided at The Frick Art Museum on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Our current exhibition, Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal, runs through February 1, 2015.

Tours may also be scheduled for groups. Visit our Group Tours page for more information.


Docent-led tours of the permanent collection

Italian Gallery   Docent-led tours of the permanent collection at The Frick Art Museum are available by appointment.


Cost:

$5 per person.

Reservations: Please call to make reservation.
Contact: 412-371-0600