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James B. Irving House (1928)

1318 Isabella Street

Wilmette, IL

Architect: John S. Van Bergen


Nice article by Blair Kamin that sums up the story of this threatened prairie-style house. Basically a developer bought this property, which has two significant prairie-style designs on it and (of course) wants to demolish both structures. John Van Bergen, who ran Frank Lloyd Wright's Studio in 1909, designed this second house for James B. Irving, which still has many original interior touches. The first structure, located in the back of the lot, is a 594-square-foot cottage designed by the Austrian-born Rudolph Schindler in 1920, who also ran Wright’s Oak Park studio for a time. Schindler would later move to the Los Angeles area and earn fame and acclaim for his modernist designs. After Wilmette chose last month not to take ownership of the building, preservationists scrambled to dismantle the small cottage and move it, while the bigger house sits on the market, but is still threatened with demolition if it's not sold in the next few months.


More info here (in case you can't get enough of this story like me).


The house's listing is here...someone please buy it. I would but monopoly money isn't real! :(

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Taken on March 14, 2012