Fans of midcentury modern design will find plenty to like about this well-preserved ranch designed by notable architect brothers William and George Fred Keck in suburban Glencoe. Constructed in 1954, the five-bedroom residence is an example of the architects’ passive solar homes, which pioneered the use insulated floor-to-ceiling Thermopane glass to maximize the sun’s warmth in the winter.
The property later received an addition that was also overseen by one of the Keck brothers and is “about 85 percent original,” Coldwell Banker listing agent Deborah Bartelstein tells Curbed Chicago. Standout features include an open living room with a brick hearth, skylit tongue-and-groove wood ceilings, and a charmingly retro kitchen with terrazzo countertops and seafoam green tilework. Sliding glass doors lead to a private patio overlooking the home’s wooded surroundings.
The midcentury ranch—which has had only two owners since it was built—recently hit the market for $650,000, reduced from its previous 2018 asking price of $699,000. “It’s a great old house,” says Bartelstein. “I’m shocked that it hasn’t been grabbed yet. To get into this area with five bedrooms and four full bathrooms at this price is pretty special.”
Despite its architectural pedigree and the surging popularity of midcentury homes, there’s also no guarantee that a potential buyer won’t choose to demolish the historic ranch house. In January, the new owners of a similar property tore down a 1953 Keck design for redevelopment, Crain’s reported. Hopefully this example will find a preservation-minded buyer and stick around for another 66 years.