Fans of both Frank Lloyd Wright and midcentury modern design will find plenty to like about this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house overlooking a wooded ravine in suburban Lake Bluff, Illinois.
Designed by Dennis Blair, who studied at Wright’s Taliesin school and worked on the model for New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum, completed a number of Chicago area homes including an updated stunner in Long Grove, listed for $1.2 million.
This North Shore example, however, is one of his lesser known works—most notably to its current residents of more than 20 years, who only recently learned of the home’s architectural significance.
“We found Blair’s name on the original 1960s plans when researching the property and looked him up online,” listing agent Brady Andersen of Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors told Curbed Chicago. “We all thought it had a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright characteristics. Now we know why.”
Though the owners may not have known about Blair’s connection to Wright, they were drawn to the unique design of its high, beamed ceilings, open floorplan, and glass walls that connect the space to its natural surroundings. Since then, the couple added a glass-enclosed hot tub addition with private access off of the master suite.
“This is a great example of midcentury modern design, a style that’s seen a real resurgence in popularity in recent years,” added Andersen, who is co-listing the Blair-designed home with his son Brady. The property is currently available for $689,000.