This past Saturday…

…I took a break from all the work and walked up the street to the ArchitectureChicago Open House, a city-wide event.

Of course, my sole architectural interests were a mere block and a half walk away!

The Emil Bach House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1915

The Emil Bach House
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1915

As much as I wanted to see inside, I passed by because there was no waiting line next door at the Cat’s Cradle Bed and Breakfast, another renovation financed a few years back by Col. J.N. Pritzker of Tawani Enterprises, Inc.

The Bach House sure looked great from the outside, though the renovation is not yet 100% complete!

The Bach House sure looked great from the outside, though the renovation is not yet 100% complete!

As I walked up the steps to Cat's Cradle, I looked back and took a shot of the looong line at the Bach House. It was a beautiful Autumn morning, and the plantings at both properties were spectacular! But, I quickly turned, and entered a structure I've been very, very curious about.

As I walked up the steps to Cat’s Cradle, I looked back and took a shot of the loooong line at the Bach House.
It was a beautiful Autumn morning, and the plantings at both properties were spectacular!
But, I quickly turned, and entered a structure I’ve been very, very curious about.

Love this door which I believe is the original from 1919, and knew I'd also love the interior!

LOVE this door which I believe is the original from 1919, and knew I’d also love the interior!

I almost felt as if I had somehow ‘gone back in time’, to a much gentler, more civilized era.

The Architect was a Mr. Newman, who drew much inspiration from FLW, as evidenced by the amount of fine woodworking, original wood flooring...

The architect was a Mr. Newman, who drew much inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright, as evidenced by the amount of fine woodworking, original wood flooring…

...and decorative touches such as this lovely lamp atop the newel post.

…and decorative touches such as this lovely lamp atop the newel post.

Cat’s Cradle contains five bedrooms, each with the flavor of that bygone time, yet each is technologically up-to-date.

I’ll title them in the sequence I viewed them.

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #1

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Bedroom #2

Bedroom #2

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Bedroom #3

Bedroom #3

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Bedroom #4

Bedroom #4

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Bedroom #5

Bedroom #5

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Because I’ve been so busy in the apartment, painting not only walls but also furniture, and doing some fall cleaning in between, I haven’t gotten around to processing any other images from this wonderful tour.

There’s just one ceiling area to give a third coat, and then only the studio remains…I’ll take my time and do that piecemeal, as it is small and requires a lot of shuffling things back and forth—and I’m pretty ‘pooped’ right now!

I did, however, have a fine chat with one of the Innkeepers, Wayde Cartwright, which was both informative and most enjoyable!

If you plan to visit Chicago on business or vacation, give Wayde or his fellow Innkeeper, Bruce Boyd, a call at 1.773.764.9851, or you can visit www.catscradlechicago.com.

The rates are extremely reasonable, especially when you consider the surroundings and all the amenities provided!

(Yes, that was pretty blatant advertising from me, but if I were visiting, I’d surely love staying here!)

At the Emil Bach House parkway…

Leaves on the trees are yellowing...

…leaves on the trees are yellowing…

...the daisies lose color and petals in stages...

…the Daisies lose color and petals in stages…

...and the Hostas fade gracefully.

…and the Hostas fade gracefully.

As for the renovation of the 1915 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the new layer of stucco is being applied, and I’m certain there is work going on inside as well.

Bach House Stucco-1

A closer look:

Bach House Stucco-2

It occurred to me the other day…

…while walking to the grocer’s, that I hadn’t kept you informed of the progress in the renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House here on Sheridan Road in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The west and south facades

The west and south facades

Lots of building supplies clutter the front yard, and the scaffolding remains while the fascias are being strip-sanded and repainted, and the walls are being prepared for the application of a new layer of stucco.

The west facade

The west facade

A pile of rubble next to an already-full Dumpster is all that remains of the old roof–I don’t know if this was the original.

Mr. Wright did have a reputation for creating leaky roofs, such as those at the Johnson Wax Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The front Tulip garden

The front Tulip Garden

I’m not certain if the fabulous Tulip Garden will be brought back, but the garden will be smaller with the addition of about six feet of sod laid as a buffer between bushes and the rich-looking soil.

The deck and rear entryway

The deck and rear entryway

The former sunroom walls have been removed to expose the original deck, which at the time of construction (1915) overlooked the shore of Lake Michigan.

Sadly, the lake was filled in, and the rear of the Bach House is now a half-block west of the shoreline.

The backyard

The backyard

This was a complete and beautiful surprise!

A curving hand-laid stone pathway now surrounds a short retaining wall and flower beds.

This area was originally several feet high and quite ‘wild-looking’.

The structure on the right (a guest house?) is not original to the property–it was built, if I correctly recall, in 2008 and is attached to the two-car garage, which I also think is not original.

The building permit

The building permit

It’s posted on the temporary cyclone fence at the alleyway, and gives you a pretty good idea of what is being added/renovated By Tawani Enterprises, Inc., which is headed by billionaire J. N. Pritzker.

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Tawani Enterprises also has bought the parking lot just north of my own building and the Shambhala Meditation Center just north of that.
Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished--I don't look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished–I don’t look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure...except that this rendering is in very forced perspective--the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the four-story Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure…except that this rendering is in very forced perspective–the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

That’s my building sticking up behind the structure–I hope I don’t lose my view !

It’s been a beauty of a Summer so far…

…and Autumn is just a month from today, on September 22nd at 9:29 PM (CDT), so I thought, because my computer was down for so long, I’d show a few flowers from the neighborhood.

Creamy white Gladioli

Creamy white Gladioli

 

Heidi's mother's yellow Rose

Heidi’s mother’s yellow Rose, with a Diffuse Glow treatment

 

Deep red Hibiscus, from the Emil Bach House parkway just up the street

Watercolor treatment of a deep red Hibiscus, from the Emil Bach House parkway just up the street

 

A huge Sunflower at a corner planting a few blocks away

A huge Sunflower at a corner planting a few blocks away

 

The back view of that same Sunflower, which is very interesting too, don't you think?

The back view of that same Sunflower, which is very interesting too, don’t you think?

Whites…

…in the parkway garden of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House.

White Peony Buds with Yarrow Blossom

White Peony Buds with Yarrow Blossom

 

White Peony in Full Bloom

White Peony in Full Bloom

Flowers of Summer…

…in the parkway at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House.

Common Yarrow (Achillea Millfolium)

Common Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)

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Golden Yellow Daylily, the first

Golden Yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis), the first

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Golden Yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis), the second

Golden Yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis), the second

I feel fortunate to have found anything growing at the Emil Bach House this year, due to the extensive, on-going renovation of Wright’s 1915 design.

I’ll have only several more posts with images from the Bach House grounds, as no maintenance is being done on its marvelous flower beds.

Ah, well…next year promises to be superb!

It’s been a dark, dreary day…

…here in Chicago.

I spent quite a few hours digging out old caulk above my bathroom sink and around the tub.

And yes, I am tired…but not too tired to show you the beauties captured the other day in the parkway in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House!

A white Hyacinth, almost fully open

A white Hyacinth, almost fully open

Purple Hyacinth, also ready to burst open

Purple Hyacinth, also ready to burst open

Tulips, color unknown, but looking very elegant...even if they have no buds yet

Tulips, color unknown, but looking very elegant…even if they have no buds yet

Lastly, these were quite a surprise:

Peony sprouts, also color unknown (but I believe they are whitish, with a few deep red flecks), reaching for the sun

Peony sprouts, also color unknown (but I believe they are whitish, with a few deep red flecks), reaching for the sun

As we are in the last week of April, and its flower-bringing showers, I hope all you gardeners out there are also seeing some marvelous Flora…at last!