|Exterior Restoration; replication of missing art glassand millwork; installation of new geothermal heating and cooling system
The Emil Bach House, located at 7415 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago, Illinois, was built in 1915 and is regarded as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last Prairie style houses. Built for the brick maker, Emil Bach, the house was designed with a very compact plan of under 2000 square feet with three small bedrooms and a sun deck on the second floor. Over the years the sun deck and porch were filled in to increase the year round living space along with a number of other changes. Recently the entire interior of the house was carefully restored by the previous owner. The significance of the Bach House is demonstrated by the fact that it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and named a City of Chicago Landmark in 1977.
Harboe Architects has been engaged by the current owner to complete the exterior restoration of the house as well as the replication of missing art glass windows, replication of missing interior millwork, and the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system. The exterior restoration includes the removal of the later changes to the sun deck and porch so that the house regained its original design integrity. Other work included exterior masonry, concrete and stucco restoration as well as rebuilding of retaining walls and other site work.
Photos by James Caulfield