While Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House is the highest profile and most notable glass home in the Chicago area, the H.P. Davis Rockwell House in south suburban Olympia Fields is truly a marvel of modernism. The home was designed and built by H.P. Davis "Deever" Rockwell of Brenner Danforth Rockwell as the architect's personal residence in 1964. A student of Mies van der Rohe, Rockwell certainly borrowed some design inspiration from the famous modernist in creating this flat, glass and concrete home. In 1965, the home was highlighted by the American Institute of Architects and Brenner Danforth Rockwell was awarded for its striking design. Informally titled the "House on a Bluff," the home sits on a two and a half acre lot and is fairly roomy at 3,600-square-feet. Originally designed and built with five bedrooms, the home's floor plan has been updated to feature four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Living in a glass home might not be for everyone, but for those who appreciate its design, this is a truly rare opportunity to own a piece of architectural history. "Many of the famous glass homes are now museums," the home's listing agent Joe Kunkel tells us, "But this is one of the few that someone can buy and actually live in."
·20841 Oak Lane Olympia Fields, IL 60461 [Baird & Warner]
·Modern Marvels archives [Curbed Chicago]