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!

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