Some Beautiful Homes by Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw

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If you enjoy residential design from the early 1900s, architect Howard Van Doren Shaw may be a name you are familiar with.  He is responsible for some the North Shores most beautiful homes.  Below are some of the gracious homes he designed.

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The stairs below are from two different homes Shaw designed.  Aren’t they amazing?

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Look at the gorgeous detail, symmetry and space in this room.

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Before starting his own firm in 1894 he worked in the office of Jenney and Mundie; other young architects who worked at this office include Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan.

Shaw’s first residential commissions were in Hyde Park and then the Gold Coast, eventually designing many notable North Shore residences, several in Lake Forest.

At one time he was among the architects practicing Arts and Crafts design alongside Frank Lloyd Wright but later followed the rules enforced by Ecole des Beaux-Arts and you can see elements of Georgian, Tudor and neoclassicism in his designs.

Shaw’s personal home in Lake Forest named Ragdale is considered one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts style architecture.  This home now serves as a non-profit artists community.

Richard R. Donnelly hired him for his first large commission to design the Lakeside Press Building in 1897.   Shaw is also responsible for a number of buildings on the campuses of University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and University of Chicago in Hyde Park.

You can see a list of his many projects here.

Here’s a fun piece from PureWow.  Which television characters can afford their current TV homes and which are living beyond their means?

Looking for a new spot for brunch?  Try The Winchester in Ukranian Village.  I hear the waffles are amazing.

Enjoy your week ahead!

Beautiful Edward Hill Clark Home for Sale in Wilmette

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Look at this beautiful home by architect Edward Hill Clark located at 16 Canterbury Court in Wilmette.  Built in 1927 and situated on a quiet cul-de-sac this home offers 7 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms and one half bath.  Featured is an unusual octagonal foyer leading to main rooms including the formal living room, dining room and library.  Many original details have been impeccably maintained such as pegged oak floors, French doors and wood paneling.

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The gorgeous estate pictured below, also designed by Clark, was recently on the market in Lake Forest. Isn’t it fabulous?

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Edwin Hill Clark is responsible for many historic homes in the North Shore area as well as cities across the country like this Santa Barbara home.  This home was designed and built in 1928 for an heir of the Montgomery Ward fortune.

In addition to single family residences, Clark is responsible for public buildings including the Lake Forest Library, Plaza Del Lago, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Brookfield Zoo.

On March 9th, the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation will host a slide presentation and program featuring the work of Edwin Hill Clark.  This free presentation will be held at the Lake Forest Library.

This article from Domino shares a great apartment belonging to furniture designer Laura Yaggy.  There is so much going on in her space, yet it all works.  Just look at all of the interesting knick knacks, so much personality!  The color scheme is fresh and the whole space is very bright.

And if you need a new bedside table here are ten ideas to try from Apartment Therapy.  Which is your favorite?  I am thinking about the desk.

Have a great week!

Grand Daniel Burnham Home for Sale in Kenilworth

This classically styled Kenilworth home built in 1896 and designed by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham is on the market.  Exterior entries don’t get grander than this, do they?   The home has been updated but maintains its’ original elegance.  The skylight at the top of the stairs is amazing.

And the rear façade is as special as the front.  This home sits on an oversized lot with beautiful gardens and a pool.

Daniel Burnham is responsible for several of Chicago’s famous buildings including the Marshall Field & Company Building, the Chicago Symphony Center and Buckingham Fountain.

The Hotel Burnham, a Chicago boutique hotel located at 1 West Washington was designed by Burnham, Root and Atwood originally as offices and called the Reliance Building.

Finally, Burnham was a lead architect for the World’s Columbian Exposition, aka the Chicago World’s Fair.

Even though you may not live in a home as grand as the one pictured above, you can add some architectural detail with additional trim.  This article from Houzz has some great ideas.

Are you watching the Olympics?  What is your favorite winter sport to watch?  I found this article about how hosting the Olympics has been helpful to some cities but a strain for others thought provoking.   Let’s hope things end well for Sochi.

I hope you enjoy your week!

Keck and Keck

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Recently I came across a home in Lake Forest originally designed in 1936 by the firm Keck and Keck.  I have been a fan of the firm Keck and Keck for many years.  Homes designed by the firm were generally built in the 30’s through the 60’s.  This home, built in 1936 has had quite a bit of work done to it over the years and does not particularly resemble the homes I am familiar with visually, but it still maintains some of their trademarks.

Most of the homes I have seen are on the small side and somewhat humble but I love the relationship to their surroundings.  The plans are simple but very livable.  There is a development located in Glencoe on Carol Lane and Terrace Court; driving through these streets is a bit like stepping back in time.

A respect and love of nature is one of the things I like so much about homes designed by Keck and Keck.  Large windows inviting the outdoors in are common.

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Keck was one of the first to utilize passive solar power in his homes.  Other trademarks include flat roofs, radiant heat in the floor and a modular design.  Another sign of a Keck home are operable screened vents next to fixed Thermopane windows which allow for circulating air in the home.

Above is a picture of the operable screen vent.

Aside from the Glencoe development, there are several large homes throughout the Chicago area including this one where all rooms circle around and are open to the pool which has a retractable roof.

Emily Henderson, the 2007 winner of the HGTV show Design Star and her husband recently purchased a mid-century modern home in California.  While it is not a Keck and Keck home it reminds me of his simple design aesthetic.  She is sharing their decorating journey on her blog; it has really been fun to follow.

Finally, I thought I’d share these bright and cheery doormats with you.  What a great way to brush off the snow and slush!

Have a great week!