July 20, 2018

Preservation Personals: A Spacious Prairie School Home in the Chicago Suburbs

  • By: Rebecca Gale

Ever dreamed of living in a work of art? My expansive windows, Art Deco light fixtures, and stained glass accents make me a unique and luxurious retreat for whoever next resides within my walls. Located in the lush lakefront village of Wilmette, Illinois, just north of Chicago, I am a designated local landmark and a prime example of Prairie School architecture. If you like a place that’s had a little brush with fame, you might be excited to know that I was designed by architect William Drummond, a colleague of Frank Lloyd Wright’s.

Built in 1913, I exhibit craftsmanship and character that just can’t be replicated today, but I’ve been renovated in recent years to give me the modern finishes you crave, such as a marble-tiled master bath with a heated floor, walk-in steam shower, and soaker tub. Your jaw will drop at my spacious rooms, flooded with natural light, especially my crowning glory: a two-story central living room space, overlooked by a second-floor balcony and wall of windows.

If you’re one for entertaining, take note of my enormous eat-in kitchen, complete with radiant floor heating, beautiful appliances, and pantry closet. Imagine the dinner parties you could throw in my formal dining room, surrounded by three walls of windows and sliding panels of stained glass. Beyond my four walls, you might be interested in my backyard patio, screened-in gazebo, and three-car garage. Between my four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, enormous closets, home office, and sun room, I offer plenty of space for you and your loved ones to relax and rejuvenate after long days at the office.

Not only am I comfortable, I'm also convenient, close to public transportation into Chicago as well as the local Wilmette downtown. The village of Wilmette has been voted one of the top ten places to raise children, and has parks, lakefront beaches, and a golf course as well as shops and restaurants.

If you want the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of living in a remarkable example of noteworthy American architecture, read more about me here.

Exterior photo of Ralph Baker Prairie School style home in Wilmette, Illinois

photo by: Jim McNair

Clean lines and expansive windows characterize this original 1913 Prairie School home.

Interior photo of two-story living room in Ralph Baker Prairie School home in Wilmette, Illinois

photo by: Jim McNair

The two-story central living room and adjoining dining room are crowned with natural light, stained glass, and unique light fixtures.

Interior photo of a classic Prairie Style built-in inside the Ralph Baker home in Wilmette, Illinois

photo by: Jim McNair

Historic details like built-ins, stained glass panels, and decorative wall molding make this home truly one-of-a-kind.

Rebecca Gale is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. In her spare time, you can find her visiting local museums, photographing historic buildings, or playing guitar.

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