Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northeast

Gauler Twin Houses

architect

Walter Burley Griffin

location

5917 and 5921 N. Magnolia Ave.

date

1908

style

Prairie school

construction

wood and stucco

type

House
 
 
   
Built as speculative housing for John Gauler, a Chicago butcher, this pair of wood-and-stucco residences is a rare example of a twin Prairie school design. Their architect, Walter Burley Griffin, is internationally recognized for his distinctive designs, as well as his contributions to the field of "land planning," including his master plan for Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The vertical composition of these houses was a hallmark of Griffin's work and demonstrates his skill in adapting Prairie-style principles to a relatively small, narrow urban site. The houses share a front entrance walkway and their floor plans are mirror images of one another.
 

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