Don’t be fooled by the stoic exterior of this modernist compound in North Barrington—this one is business in the front and party in the back. Designed and built in the mid-1960s, this broad-shouldered modernist mansion comes from noted midcentury architect Dennis Blair. While Blair may have worked as an apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright, this muscular home is far removed from the Prairie School and Usonian movements, although one could certainly see some references to the popular midwestern architecture styles that were made famous by Wright.
At first glance, the house has an almost overbearing appearance with its monolith and modular exterior. However, once inside, the floor plan winds around in a similar fashion as Wright’s “path of discovery” which guides visitors and residents in a specific flow around a space. And in terms of integrity, the house does appear to have been updated over the decades, although there’s still no mistaking its midcentury roots. The bathrooms have been fully updated while other rooms boast newer finishes and recessed lighting.
There are some earthy amenities in this one however. In addition to a game room and office, this house boasts an indoor pool, hot tub, and gym. Out front, there’s a dramatic footbridge which leads over Koi pond. The house also features a sun room and a multiple outdoor deck spaces.
In terms of interior styling and floor plan, the large home is not exactly unlike other houses in the area designed by Blair. This one has just hit the market this week asking $1 million on the dot.
- 471 East Oxford Road, North Barrington, IL 60010 [Baird & Warner]