- Brininstool + Lynch
Chicago is a neighborhood of front porches. Even the inhabitants of grand Prairie Avenue mansions socialized with neighbors from their stoops. The large windows of this single-family house is an abstraction of the porch, an open engagement with the neighborhood.
The brick volume is not a monolithic shell, but rather a composition of planes. Small limestone segments between the brick surfaces emphasize their planar quality. The main entry is poised a half-level above the ground floor and a half-level below the main floor. The interior is organized into a logical progression, with a millwork volume containing most of the functional spaces: storage, food preparation, and a small powder room. Both this wood volume and the main stair align precisely with the smaller windows that are part of the primary façade. The openness of the stair, in conjunction with the operable windows, facilitates a turbinelike cooling effect.