Wilmette, Lakefront Mansion

This beautiful mansion draws heavily upon the design principals of Prairie-style architecture. Its distinctive vernacular was pioneered by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This remarkable residence is not built on the lakefront, so much as it emerges from it. The mansion features an elegant front façade nestled amongst historic oak trees. Facing Lake Michigan, the mansion’s rear three-story facade …

Wilmette, Beachfront New Construction

This new residence is situated on the western shore of Lake Michigan. It is beautifully positioned to embrace its beachfront setting. Floor to ceiling window and door openings provide alluring views of the waterfront. Its modern architecture is accentuated by a coastal-designed interior. The three-story home features multiple balconies, a rooftop deck, an inground swimming pool, lower-level garage, a subterranean …

Kenwood, Historic Restoration

This early 20th-Century mansion was originally built using old-world craftsman. However, a hundred years on, an extensive restoration was needed. Through meticulous efforts, the home was modernized and its historic hand-carved millwork was beautifully restored. Highlighting the effort, new discrete lighting was installed to showcase the remarkable interior architecture. All mechanicals, plumbing, and electrical throughout the home were also updated. …

Lake View, Condo Renovation

This residence is located in a classic Mid-Century modern apartment tower by architect Milton Schwartz, it dates from 1953. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this was one of the earliest buildings to be designed in the International Style of architecture. The scope of the project was for a complete renovation of the condominium. It included modern-designed millwork …

Gold Coast, Pearson Condo Renovation

This Co-op unit underwent an extensive remodeling to refresh the condominium’s aesthetics. All of the unit’s millwork, mechanicals and electrical were renovated. Emphasis was placed on accentuating the lighting to highlight the owner’s extensive contemporary art collection. Interior finishes were newly selected to accent a modernist design. Architect: Kaufmann O’Neil Architecture Photography: Gray City Studios

Highland Park, Ravine New Construction

This single-family home is nestled in a bucolic setting along a wooded ravine. Emphasis was put on a natural landscape, so its traditional lawn was replaced with plantings of wildflowers and prairie grasses. Designed for an aging-in-place lifestyle, the architecture was limited to a single-story. The modern designed home features a central mechanical volume at its core, surrounded on all …

Highland Park, Battledeck House, Historic Restoration

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this home was designed by architect Henry Dubin, and dates from 1930. Its “watershed” modern design is in the International Style made famous by the Bauhaus school in Germany, of which Dubin visited. Built as his personal residence, this home’s design was heavily influenced by Swiss architect Le Corbusier, who Dubin met …

Lincoln Park, Three-Flat Conversion

This renovation converted a former historic three-flat apartment building into a modern single-family home. Its original distinctive street façade was preserved and restored. However, its entire interior was restructured on all floors, the basement was lowered, and a new walkout patio and entrance were added on the lower-level. Highlights of the project include a new four-story staircase, new floorplans, new …

Wicker Park, New Construction

Located on a historic block in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood, this grand mansion fits in with its distinguished neighbors. The newly constructed residence was designed to blend in through the use of classical design methods. New brick and limestone were fabricated, but they were crafted in the color and designs of historical patterns. Traditional architectural details were used such …

Robbins Residence

Located on the edge of a ravine, this remarkable home is situated to take best advantage of its wooded location. Wrapped in walls of Duratherm windows, this house was designed with an emphasis on bringing the views of the outside into the interior. Built for the architect/owner who designed it, this distinctive residence, with its open floor plan, is a …

860 Lake Shore Drive

Located in the famous 860-880 Lake Shore Drive towers designed by Mies van der Rohe, these buildings are considered the archetype of the International style. One of the first skyscrapers to express Mies’ pursuit of modern structural clarity, the design is considered one of his most important. Unique features of the residence include full height glass walls and doors, custom …

Yannell Residence

This home was deigned by, Farr Associates, one of the foremost specialists in sustainable architecture in the country. This single-family was designed to be both LEED-Platinum and Zero Energy. The goal of the project is to produce more energy over the course of a year than it demands. Innovations of the home include a photovoltaic electric system, solar hot water, …

Lill Street Guesthouse

This urban guesthouse is constructed of 100 percent precast concrete wall and floor panels. Its modern exterior integrates sandblasted concrete with standing-seam copper cladding, Bendheim glass windows and tropical hardwood deck and fencing. Its interior includes four bedrooms, five baths, a kitchen, a spa, and half-court gymnasium. The design earned a Chicago Green Home rating for its sustainable and green …

Modrern Addition

Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, this luxury residence features a modern Paul Florian designed addition, which adjoins a traditional home. Unique to this high-end project was the use of commercial storefront windows throughout. Other notable features of this custom two-story addition are its modern ornamental ironwork, stonework and custom millwork kitchen. Architect: Florian Architects Photography: Kate Roth Photography

Lynch Residence

The noted architectural firm of Brininstool + Lynch, Ltd. designed this exceptional residence. In keeping with the modern aesthetic, glass, steel and concrete were used throughout. The unique exterior incorporated Norman brick, limestone and perforated zinc panels. The interior features expansive glass walls, a three-story millwork stairway, and an open first-floor with recessed kitchen, bookshelves and closets. This 4,200 sq. …