charnley-persky house

Photos by Leslie Schwartz

Title Charnley-Persky House
Work Completed Conservation Management Plan
Date Completed 2017
Client Society of Architectural Historians
Location Chicago, Illinois


Project Information

The Charnley-Persky House was built in 1892 for lumber executive, James Charnley.  It currently serves as the national headquarters for the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).  The house was designed by renowned architects Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.  Although altered somewhat since its construction, the house retains its historic integrity and is a significant work in the development of modern architecture.  The Charnley-Persky House has been designated as both a local City of Chicago Landmark and National Historic Landmark.


In 2016, Harboe Architects was retained by SAH to complete a Conservation Management Plan for the house. Harboe Architects conducted historical research and completed an assessment of the house. The Conservation Management Plan includes a history and chronology of the house, architectural description, determination of significance and preservation zoning, condition assessment, programming, and recommendations for the future long-term care of the house.