Tag: architecture

Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House in Elmhurst

The Robert McCormick House in Elmhurst is one of only three single-family residences designed by Mies van der Rohe in the United States. Built in 1952, it’s celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, but not as a home. In 1994 it was taken apart and reassembled at Wilder Park in Elmhurst as part of the... Read more »

A Nantucket-style home in Elmhurst's Lincoln School District

This six-year old home has an open floor plan with a first-floor office off the living room, a generously sized kitchen that opens to the family room and a breakfast area. The bedroom level of the home is outstanding, with four large, well-separated, bright corner bedrooms and 3 full baths, including the master. There’s a... Read more »

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio changes ownership

According to a recent news release from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust: The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that the Preservation Trust has assumed ownership of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio from the National Trust. This transfer of ownership marks a new chapter in... Read more »

Open house pick – A walk-to-everything townhome in downtown Elmhurst

While many suburban downtowns have been struggling for years and searching for ways to reinvent themselves, downtown Elmhurst has been thriving. The City Centre website for downtown Elmhurst even serves up a parking map for visitors who may find themselves baffled by the number of visitors to the sheer variety of shopping, dining and entertainment... Read more »

A distinctive Queen Anne brownstone in River Forest

If the mature trees on the 100 x 200 foot lot at 147 Thatcher Ave in River Forest don’t satisfy your taste for greenery, there’s a forest preserve with a river running through it directly across the street. A two-block walk along the forest preserve takes you to the River Forest Metra station. 147 Thatcher... Read more »

Name the architectural style of this Hinsdale home

The listing copy describes the home at 312 East 9th St in Hinsdale as a “Greek neo-classic villa of proportion & substance. Blending the gracious style of today w/uniquely bold grandeur & panache.” I’ll go (tongue in cheek) with the “uniquely bold grandeur” but I’m hard-pressed to discover the panache, the proportion or the substance,... Read more »

An inheritable house in Hinsdale

According to the website for McAlpine Tankersley, the firm’s architecture “wedding historical precedence with graceful modern living, is a timeless and romantic pursuit of The Inheritable House.” The listing for the McAlpine Tankersley-designed home at 535 Warren Terrace in Hinsdale refers to the firm as “world renowned Architects.” Perhaps that phrase is misread from the... Read more »

A mountain lodge near downtown Hinsdale

The highest-priced “new” listing in Hinsdale this past week, by a multiple of two, is a Colorado-style mountain lodge that comes with an appropriately lofty asking price of $4,999,999 – after a price reduction. The newly-built home, at 132 S Park Ave, has been on and off the market since January of 2009. It boasts... Read more »

Is there a market for $6 million homes in Hinsdale?

The highest-priced sale in Hinsdale during the past twelve months has been well shy of $5 million, so one has to marvel at the fact that four homes costing over $6 million are currently on the market or underway in the village. In the video Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin tours a newly-built 7-bedroom home with... Read more »

The most livable Frank Lloyd Wright home in Oak Park

Right down the street from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park, sits the Thomas Gale house, one of three homes which were designed by a moonlighting Wright while he was still employed by Adler and Sullivan. When Sullivan found out about these side projects and others, Wright was summarily dismissed. And the... Read more »