John J. Glessner House traditional-exterior

John J. Glessner House

The John J. Glessner House in Chicago, designed by H.H. Richardson and completed in 1886. Photo from Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

One of the unique aspects of Richardson’s design is how the less-formal side on the north (facing 18th Street) is the more interesting facade. Yes, there’s the garage/stable on the far right, and most of the windows are so narrow that the whole elevation appears predominantly solid, but halfway down the long elevation is a large arched opening with a partial-height wall cutting into it. This opening immediately draws our attention, but as we saw in the previous photo, this is not the front door; this is the service entrance, the equivalent of the back door. The door between the garage and the rounded portal served the boiler room in the basement.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

phoenix00 added this to Exteriors
November 30, 2013
Pair with design drawings L-shaped plan
Craig W. Isaac Architecture added this to Exterior
November 27, 2013
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