Astor Street Row House by John Wellborn Root

John Wellborn Root, along with Daniel Burnham, founded the architecture firm Burnham and Root in 1873.  Their firm was responsible for many of the earliest skyscrapers every built worldwide.  He is considered one of the founders of the Chicago School style along with Burnham, Dankmar Adler, and Louis Sullivan, among others.

The firm Burnham and Root were responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the World’s Columbian Exposition and this home is mentioned frequently in the book The Devil in the White City.

This home was completed in 1888 and Root lived there with his family until his death from pneumonia only 2 years later.

This home features beautiful leaded windows and plaster relief ceilings.

There is a graceful stair and wonderful fretwork.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Have a great week!

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