Tag Archives: Architects

House of the Season: 990 Sheridan Road

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2019 By Laurie Peterson Suburban life isn’t for everyone, and it apparently didn’t suit John L. Shortall. Around 1905 he bought six acres of land bordering a ravine at 990 Sheridan Road and commissioned a large house from architect William Carbys Zimmerman. Despite the proximity to the Lakeside (now Hubbard […]

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House of the Season: 635 Maple

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2018 By Layla Danley In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Charles H. Thorne’s family was one of the most prominent in Chicago. Charles’ father, George, was the co-founder of Montgomery Ward along with Charles’ uncle Aaron Montgomery Ward. Charles and his brothers worked for the family business, and after […]

Winnetka Modernist Joe Fujikawa

By Sally Schneiders Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2018 The name Joe Fujikawa leapt off the pages of Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, jogging my memory. I remembered that this late architect, Joseph Fujikawa of Winnetka, had designed Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago. I remembered his daughter Liz […]

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915 Sheridan Road

Gazette Article by: Cindy Fuller Appeared in the Gazette: Winter 1996   Edgecliff’s Enduring Elegance One of Winnetka’s architectural gems can be glimpsed beyond its imposing Sheridan Road gatehouses. Known as Edgecliff, 915 Sheridan Road was designed by architect Samuel Marx for Max Epstein. Completed in 1930, the house couples a classic French design with […]

Marion Mahony Griffin

Marion Mahony Griffin

The following article is paraphrased from a paper prepared for The Contemporary Club of Chicago, delivered by John K. Notz, Jr., April 26, 2002. Appeared in the Gazette, Summer 2004 Updated July 2022 Hometown Hall of Famer: Marion Mahony Griffin Marion Mahony Griffin was born in early 1871 in Chicago, where her father (a Chicago […]

175 Chestnut Street

Gazette Article by: Cindy Fuller Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2001 House of the Season: Becoming A Seyfarth Sleuth Of the architects practicing along the North Shore in the first half of the 20th century there is one whose work is easily recognizable. Robert Seyfarth’s homes reflect a strong sense of proportion and light applied […]

232 Sheridan Road

Gazette Article by: Cindy Fuller Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 1999 Winnetka’s Italian Villas In 1926 building permits were issued to Leah White for five houses to be constructed in the “Winnetka Villas” subdivision on Sheridan Road. It is a fitting name for these unique Italian-styled buildings. Located along the North Shore’s most scenic thoroughfare, […]

909 Mount Pleasant Road

Gazette Article by: Cindy Fuller Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2001 Local Architect Leaves Large Legacy Tucked away at the end of a cul de sac, 909 Mt. Pleasant stands as one of Edwin Clark’s premier residential designs — and not surprisingly, since he designed it in 1926 to be his own residence. Although best […]

A Unique Architectural Gem in Forest Glen

Gazette Article by: Susan Curry Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2004 Winnetkans will tell you that their Village is special, but the neighbors in Forest Glen feel they live at the heart of the matter. Every good thing about Winnetka seems magnified in this private, leafy enclave. Occupants will point with pride to the diversity […]


First Church of Christ, Scientist

Gazette Article by Field Beam, Winter 1998 Updated November 17, 2021 In 1866, Mary Baker Eddy founded Christian Science while she was healing after a serious accident. She used only prayer and biblical inspiration during her recovery. Several years later she wrote and published the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the […]