This project was as educational as it was important. This home, originally constructed in the early 1900s, is an historically significant structure that was designed by a well-respected architect of the Prairie School, George Maher.
According to architectural historian H. Allen Brooks, the influence of George Maher on the Midwest “was profound and prolonged and, in its time, was certainly as great as was [Frank Lloyd] Wright’s. Compared with the conventional architecture of the day, his work showed considerable freedom and originality, and his interiors were notable for their open and flowing…space.”
We were chosen for our experience with historic preservation by a client equally as sensitive to this beautiful opportunity to preserve the past. At every turn we honored the original architecture – including replicating leaded glass windows borrowing on designs from the George Maher archive, creating a major interior staircase, and even preserving some of the original carpeting.
In order to dig a new basement that could support a large rear addition, we were first tasked with shoring up the original structure. This was a delicate job but eventually yielded the basis for a beautiful walnut kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio, a new family room, master bedroom and bath, guest bedroom and a third floor kids bedroom and play area. The lower level now includes a wine cellar, exercise room and an Art room that was converted into an area for sports equipment.
The home continues to emanate its original grandeur with the loving, mindful attention of its current caretakers.
Brooks, H. Allen (1972). The Prairie School – Frank Lloyd Wright and his Midwest Contemporaries. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. p. 330.
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