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Modernist Keck & Keck in Glencoe lists for $525K

A concerned neighbor hopes that the midcentury home finds a preservation-minded buyer

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The wave of demolitions that has seen the erasure of many classic and historic homes across Chicago isn’t unique to the city. Older architectural homes built in the suburbs during the modernist era are also at risk. And unfortunately, the houses from brothers George Fred and William Keck are often targets for redevelopment. Despite a preservation effort, one of the most prominent homes designed by the brothers—a spacious glass house standing over a 27-acre property in Lake Bluff—was demolished last year. Meanwhile, other Keck & Keck designs in throughout the North Shore are either renovated to the point of compromising their architectural integrity, or are demolished to make way for new construction.

We often get emails from real estate agents and homeowners sharing their latest listings, but it’s not every day that we get a message from a concerned neighbor seeking a preservation-minded buyer for a house in their area. However, a Glencoe resident shared their story with us and hopes that a like-minded buyer gets to the home before a developer.

A near original condition Keck + Keck in the Forest Crest subdivision of Glencoe is on the market. Overall it's in good shape for its age and lack of rehabilitation. As many of these Kecks are being torn down or altered to the point of no longer being Kecks, it would be great to have a buyer with rehabilitation in mind. It has the original Luan plywood paneling, a huge screened-in porch and fabulous private patio space in view from the huge living room windows.

We live in a K+K and have been slowly rehabilitating it. What started as a desire to modernize it has become an obsession to preserve it as we have come to appreciate the unique features and amazing livability of this house. I know our house was featured on Curbed when it was for sale and would be so happy if you could list this Keck on the market now.