National magazine featuring Tinker Swiss Cottage available

National magazine featuring Tinker Swiss Cottage available


Rockford’s Tinker Swiss Cottage is receiving national attention. The Cottage is featured in the March issue of Old-House Interiors magazine, which is now available. The six-page article is replete with color photographs of Robert Tinker’s unique Swiss chalet. The magazine proclaimed the Cottage “singular” among historic houses, “appealing” and “one-of-a-kind.”

Pictures taken by photographer Frank Schmidt and arranged by Esther Schmidt captured much of the 1865 Swiss cottage, including not only the mural-filled kitchen and dining room but the spectacular two-story library and rustic master bedroom as well. The accompanying article explores Robert Tinker’s inspirations for his Swiss chalet—a tour of Europe and the advice of a renowned landscape architect of the day, Andrew Jackson Downing.

The March issue of Old-House Interiors is now available. Copies are for sale at the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Store and at local booksellers for $4.99. Purchases at Tinker Swiss Cottage will benefit the Museum. Contact the Museum office at 964-2424. Old-House Interiors publishes six issues each year devoted to period-inspired home design. The magazine showcases homes built before 1950 and offers practical information on appropriate interior decoration.

Tinker Swiss Cottage was the home of Rockford mayor Robert Hall Tinker. He built his Swiss-style home after a tour of Europe in the 1860s. The Cottage is open to the public for tours Tuesday through Sunday at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. 2003 marks the 60th anniversary of the Cottage as a public museum.

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