One of the Chicago architecture books that I browse periodically is Jay Pridmore and George Larson’s Chicago Architecture and Design. It’s a good read, richly illustrated with Hedrich Blessing‘s always striking and often astonishing photography.
Raised on steel girders and cast in plate glass and corrugated metal, the four-story Tower House appears almost futuristic. The top and bottom stories are open, creating a carport and terrace. Yet the seemingly avant-garde design has touches of timeless classics. The exposed steel skeleton is Miesian; the window glazing mimics the old “Chicago window” created by William Le Baron Jenney in the 1880s; and the underfloor heating and top-floor terrace recall Frank Lloyd Wright. The building seemed instantly at home on the post-industrial prairie …
I stopped by yesterday for a brief look at the home, and was amused to a see a “prairie restoration in progress” sign on the lot immediately north of the home.
You can see more images of the award-winning Tower House at Phillips’ website.
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