Eifler & Associates Architects
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Eifler Associates contemporary-dining-room

Eifler Associates

Balch (Pearson) House
Oak Park, Illinois

Designed in 1911 by Frank Lloyd Wright for O.B. Balch, the house represents Wright’s first residential work after his return from Europe. The front elevation of the house is very formal and symmetrical, which contrasts with the asymmetrical composition of the rear elevation of the house.

After purchasing in 2000 the current owners determined that the house had not been maintained as it should, and, like most homes built in the early 20th century, did not possess a plan consistent with current lifestyles. Eifler & Associates was retained to serve as restoration architects for the house, and to design a kitchen and family room addition sympathetic to the original design.

Exterior improvements included the removal of layers of non-original stucco and installation of a new stucco finish, rebuilding of the front terrace, exterior trim restoration, window repair, the installation of a wooden trellis at the roof removed in the 1920’s, and various structural improvements to repair deflecting porches, window headers and roof overhangs. The addition was planned to minimize impact on the property, and is placed directly behind the dining room at the north end of the lot, allowing convenient access to the dining room from the kitchen. The family room projects into the rear of the property, allowing ample sunlight and direct access to the yard. The project was completed in 2005.


What Houzz contributors are saying:

Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Getting it Wright: Today's Prairie Style
The open floor plan is evident here. No longer are the living room (or parlor) and dining room separated. The space flows from one "room" to the next as the ceiling delineates areas.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

tjb_dlh added this to tjb_dlh's ideas
November 22, 2014
Walls, ceilings, chandelier
goodchick added this to FL WRIGHT
November 17, 2014
ceiling light
elamszus added this to elamszus's Ideas
November 15, 2014
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February 9, 2014
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January 27, 2014
I like the light fixture and wall treatments
cquatrano added this to prairie homes
November 20, 2013
Lamp over table
lenasilb added this to lenasilb's ideas
October 11, 2013
Frank Lloyd house
paulettekerns9 added this to paulettekerns9's ideas
July 19, 2013
nicks_1964 added this to Interior Decor Ideas
May 23, 2013
bogeyw added this to bogeyw's ideas
May 14, 2013
trim-- ceiling delineates room
Ann Neilsen added this to living area
April 11, 2013
light fixture
Sureesh Sharma added this to sureesh's ideas
March 14, 2013
drawing room kitchen arrangment
bailebn added this to bailebn's ideas
March 11, 2013
ceiling delineates areas
heynu added this to Whidbey House
March 4, 2013
Wow. Awesome table and chairs
Cynthia Patterson added this to craftsman interior
February 24, 2013
craftsman + wright
mkrk added this to mkrk's ideas
February 6, 2013
Evans Tile & Remodeling Inc. added this to max10000's ideas
December 9, 2012
open concept
aschbacherc added this to aschbacherc's ideas
November 30, 2012
trim on pillar
vicrae22 added this to living room
October 10, 2012
Pairie - lots of oak but did darker window trims
davelantz added this to Lantz / Berks House
September 19, 2012
Trimming and breaking wall with wood.
elbaarman added this to elbaarman's ideas
August 23, 2012
dining chairs
janetelkinsc00per added this to janetelkinsc00per's ideas
July 14, 2012
Balch (Pearson) House Oak Park, Illinois 1911
judy14 added this to Prairie
June 29, 2012
felidoc1 added this to felidoc1's ideas
June 12, 2012
Prairie interior
isimitz added this to isimitz's Favorites
April 4, 2012
Look at the trim. It is carried throughout each room. Looks nice.
nelsthompson added this to linden
March 26, 2012
straight-backed mission chairs
melbert added this to melbert's ideas
March 22, 2012
achandwaney added this to ceiling
March 20, 2012
ceiling delineates areas in prairie style
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March 18, 2012
moonwynd added this to Home Ideas
February 11, 2012
brittk2 added this to brittk2's ideas
December 2, 2011
Sep spaces
dank added this to dank's ideas
November 27, 2011
cool light--dining room?
jonk added this to Jon's Interiors
October 24, 2011
Prairie Style Interior
maacoope added this to maacoope's Favorites
October 16, 2011
One room flows to next
ws096061 added this to ws096061's ideas
September 24, 2011
jennieandmichael added this to Jennieandmichael Decor
September 20, 2011
"Prairie style dining room"
youhanna added this to Prairie Houses-F.L.Wright Masterpieces
September 20, 2011
The open floor plan is evident here. No longer are the living room and dining room separated. The space flows from one "room" to the next as the ceiling delineates areas.
karv added this to karv's ideas
September 19, 2011
dark wood and white
jadrana added this to jadrana's ideas
September 18, 2011
panels along pillars and ceiling
survivor2004 added this to survivor2004's ideas
September 18, 2011
light fixture
linc0686 added this to linc0686's ideas
September 18, 2011
joleneack added this to dining area
September 18, 2011
light above dining table
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