A Tony Grunsfeld home in Highland Park: not unfriendly, just private

2087 Windy Hill Lane, Highland Park, Illinois

Ernest Alton “Tony” Grunsfeld III has designed dozens of homes along the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan. Most are in the distinctively modern idiom exhibited in the newly-listed Highland Park home pictured above.

The five-bedroom / 7.5-bath home at 2087 Windy Hill Lane is priced at $1.59 million and listed by Julie Deutsch of Coldwell Banker.

So what’s with that rather forbidding façade? Grunsfeld explains in his oral history at the Art Institute:

“I think houses are very private. That’s where you go hide, that’s where you’re with your family, where you can take your shoes off and be comfortable. I think that’s sort of the idea of the gate and the moat and drawbridge. Then there’s the lake and the ravine or a beautiful garden that is all your private space. I think [my] houses are intentionally closed in the front. I’m not sure they’re unfriendly. They are certainly private.”

Last summer Joe Zekas did a video walk through a Tony Grunsfeld home in Winnetka. See part one and part two at YouTube.

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