Thirty miles north of downtown Chicago sits the small suburb of Riverwoods, a bucolic enclave on the banks of the Des Plaines River that’s recognized for its notable examples of mid-century trendy structure. Edward Humrich, one in all many architects dwelling and dealing in prosperous postwar suburbia, was answerable for greater than 40 houses in Riverwoods. His work is typically referred to as “Prairie Trendy” in its relation to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie College and later Usonian designs that harmonized with nature. As famous by architectural historian Susan S. Benjamin, Humrich’s wooden, brick, and glass homes observe the “Wrightian idiom:” lengthy and low designs, that includes broad overhangs with exterior and inside areas flowing into each other. And like Wright, Humrich designed furnishings for his houses, often fabricated from pure wooden and easy traces. This previous month, two Humrich-designed residences initially constructed within the Fifties went available on the market. Though not lavish architect-designed buildings, three different residences from the identical time interval and sharing the identical modernist design sensibilities additionally hit the market.
With an asking value of $635,000, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home was in-built 1953, six years earlier than the suburb of Riverwoods was formally established by native metal magnate Jay Peterson. Architect Edward Humrich created a creative but accessible passive photo voltaic design that blends seamlessly with its tree-covered 1.5-acre lot. Attributable to solely having two homeowners, the house is completely preserved with its wood-planked and pure brick partitions and board and batten ceilings. It’s open and ethereal with its south-facing wall of glass and quite a few skylights. Small in dimension, I may undoubtedly see an addition positioned behind the storage in addition to a rehabbed kitchen space.
In generally expensive Lincolnwood, we’ve got a little bit of a steal with this Humrich-designed house dominated by a big carport presently listed at $525,000. It’s good to see the 70-year-old constructing’s integrity intact, with pure wooden ceilings and partitions that haven’t been painted white (but). As acknowledged in his 1992 obituary within the Chicago Tribune, Humrich was not formally skilled as an architect, although he briefly labored for Robert Seyfarth and admitted to being significantly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. After his two easy designs of redwood, cypress, and Chicago widespread brick, you possibly can undoubtedly acknowledge the Wright connection.
In keeping with Crain’s Chicago Enterprise, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom house in Evergreen Park has been in the identical household for 3 generations because it was initially constructed in 1951. Available on the market for $420,000, it’s a time capsule in each potential manner, particularly the kitchen, bogs, and rec room. The classic kitchen options wooden cupboards, avocado-colored range, and a backsplash of copper and lightweight inexperienced tiles. All three bogs with colourful Vitrolite tiles are in nice situation. However the most effective half? There’s a moist bar within the basement. From the colourful linoleum flooring and wood-paneled partitions, to the Lannon stone fire and checkerboard wooden ceiling, how are you going to not love all of the retro components?
Staying in Evergreen Park to share one other mid-mod house that’s nonetheless within the fingers of the descendents of the unique proprietor, who constructed it in 1965. The outside of this multi-family tri-level jogs my memory of the S. Richard Klarich-designed house in Chicago’s Beverly I wrote a few couple weeks in the past. A couple of cool classic components embrace terrazzo flooring, a pink-tiled lavatory, and a rock formation on the decrease stage. The entrance of the property is a single-family residence with three bedrooms, plus one full and two half bogs. A 3-unit condominium constructing is connected on the again. Contemplating it’s income-producing, $524,900 isn’t a nasty value.
Positioned within the mid-century trendy enclave of Plum Grove Estates in Palatine, this sprawling ranch from 1959 was utterly reworked with tasteful updates. Not removed from Interstate 290, the group filled with winding roads and loads of open area was conceived by well-known metropolis planner Carl L. Gardner & Associates, together with panorama architect Harold O. Klopp. Salt Creek is actually within the yard of this house that sits on greater than an acre of land. With 4 bedrooms and two full bogs, the two,800-square-foot single-family residence is on the market for $575,000 with $250 annual HOA charges.