TheThe Sanfilippo 'Place de la Musique' is known worldwide for its magnificent collection of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers, art glass, the world's largest restored theatre pipe organ, the most spectacular European salon carousel in existence, street and tower clocks, steam engines and other functional mechanical antiques, displayed within a breathtaking French Second Empire setting located in village of Barrington Hills, Illinois.
The house sits on 57 acres bordering a stream with a house that was originally built in 1974 at about 6,000 square feet. They added a 1,700 square foot music room, but in the late 1980′s a decision was made to add a huge music room addition on and one that would have room for a balcony and a new pipe organ of 5 manuals and 80 ranks. The new wing was completed in the French Empire style in 1992 and brought the total square footage of the mega mansion to around 44,000, with the he main living quarters measuring in at 20,486 square feet.
The primary motive behind his collection is the preservation and sharing of the experience of these marvelous inventions of the Western World. The 44,000 square foot mansion, home to collector Jasper Sanfilippo, is also a private museum designed as a complementary setting for the display and demonstration of these musical instruments within a temperature-controlled environment. The large scale of the rooms accommodates the great number of instruments and sizable audiences.
The village of Barrington Hills is located northwest of Chicago and spans four counties - Cook, McHenry, Lake and DuPage. It is the home of the horse farms Hill 'N Dale Farms and Horizon Farms, as well as the host of the annual Barrington Horse Show. The property is on the list of the top 10 residential tax payers in Barrington Hills. This list is comprised of residents such as real estate developer William Kaper, Jr. and soft drink industry veteran Marvin Herb.