While the designer of this Glen Ellyn home, architect Charles E. White, Jr., did study at Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park studio from 1903 to 1906, calling him an apprentice discounts the time the MIT grad and accomplished draftsman spent designing homes in Vermont before linking up with the Prairie-style pioneer. It's hard to escape the Wright comparison, especially when you literally designed in his shadows — in White's case, his Oak Park Post Office perfectly compliments the nearby Unity Temple. But this large 5-bed, 3-bath family home, built in 1905 for Frank F. Badger in one of the more bucolic areas of Glen Ellyn, suggests White's personal style trended towards the understated, capturing the spatial logic and serenity of the Prairie style without over ornamentation. Serenity seems to be a theme, considering the $925,000 home offers a sizable deck, attached sauna house and light-filled interior. A previous White project in Glen Ellyn we featured last year is off the market, so it might be a good idea to take a look soon if interested.
·704 Hillside Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL [Estately]