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Charnley, James, House

Chicago, Illinois
County of Cook.
1365 North Astor Street
National Register Number: 70000232
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: IL- Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 6, 1998):
The Charnley House is important both nationally and internationally as one of the pivotal structures in the development of modernism in architecture. Its limestone and Roman brick walls are arranged with a strong sense of symmetry, but without any overt references to historical styles. Built in 1891-1892, it was one of the few major residential commissions of Louis Sullivan, and was a benchmark in the architectural development of Frank Lloyd Wright, who was then a draftsman and designer in the office of Adler & Sullivan. The house remains close to its original condition, both inside and out. In 1995, in an effort to safeguard its future, Seymour H. Persky purchased it and donated it to the Society of Architectural Historians. Now serving as the national headquarters of the SAH, this seminal monument in architectural history is open to the public.

There is no threat to the landmark at this time

Some general maintenance issues continue to be a problem however, due to lack of funding. Efforts are underway to create a proposal for greening the buildings' systems, and we are researching grant opportunities.

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