Bronze Award, Excellence in Masonry, Illinois/Indiana Masonry Council
A luxury single family residence located in one of Chicagoās most exclusive neighborhoods. Designed with the presence of an urban villa, the house features a faĆ§ade clad in richly detailed Indiana limestone. The grandeur and elegance of the large limestone faĆ§ade is further enhanced by traditionally profiled details at window and door openings, topped by a rich, deeply sculpted cornice. This detail wraps the corner of the house and is fully expressed in the projecting chimney in the side garden. The sense of luxury and endurance provided by these masonry elements at the faĆ§ades is carried into the living spaces where a pair of custom hand-carved fireplaces are focal to the interior design. The family room features a handsome fireplace created with a carefully chosen buff limestone selected for its āantiqueā appearance. The twenty-two-foot-high living room features an intricate bracketed fireplace surround carved of Italian marble. This attention to detail and craftsmanship at both the interior and exterior of the home presents the gracious, formal imagery that conveys āurban villaā in the truest sense.