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Modernist Keck & Keck escape in Indiana lists for $399K

The house was not just modern in its aesthetic

Another house from the seminal midwestern modernists Keck & Keck has entered the market. A sibling duo who made a major impact on modernist architecture through works around the Chicago area, the brothers were not just innovative in their aesthetic, but also in systems and functions of homes. For instance, this 4,600-square-foot house in La Porte, Indiana features quality building materials and a passive solar and radiant system which was ahead of its time.

The home’s walls of windows not only serve to help help the home by allowing in natural light and radiation, but they also help obscure the sense of being indoors. The house is situated on a wooded 1.66 acre property and views of the natural surroundings can be seen from all sides of the home’s interior.

According to Dennis Rodkin of Crain’s, the house has not been up for grabs since the early 1990s. The family that currently owns the property purchased it in 1992, paying $195,000, Rodkin reports. However, all of the family members have since relocated to the Pacific Northwest and are looking to pass their modernist house on to a new owner.

While not exactly close to downtown Chicago, the commute from La Porte can be done. The current homeowners did it for years, telling Crain’s that they commuted to jobs with Chicago Public Schools in Lincoln Park and Andersonville from La Porte for many years.