The Architecture of Ernest Mayo

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Two homes listed for sale on the North Shore were designed by Ernest Mayo.  Born and educated in England and working for a time in South Africa, he eventually made his way to Chicago practicing architecture until his death in 1946.

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Mayo was fond of using design to connect the indoors to the outdoors.  His extensive use of French doors is one example of this.  Also, the exterior of his homes often present strong visual axis formed by arched openings.  These openings would lead to outside views centered in the arches.

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Although most noted for his residential work, Mayo also designed office buildings and several administrative buildings for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  One building familiar to Evanston residents is the Woman’s Club of Evanston located at 1702 Chicago Avenue and built in 1913.

Above is a postcard image of the Woman’s Club of Evanston building designed by Ernest Mayo.

This is an interior shot of the beautiful ballroom at the Woman’s Club of Evanston.

This office building is located on Green Bay Road in Winnetka was also designed by Mayo.

I really enjoyed reading this article from Domino.  Stylist Allison Tick guides Deborah Jaffe as she settles into her new home in LA.  They work through three different furniture plans for her living room, trying to discover the plan that best meets her needs.

And finally, a happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.  Here are some fund facts, myths and traditions.  Yesterday morning the Chicago River got its’ annual dye job.  Crazy, isn’t it?

Have a great week!

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