CBB Event – Open House at 6861 N. Concord Lane in Niles


This past weekend, Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond member and real estate agent John Park co-hosted an open house of this wonderful mid-century modern home. Click through to read & see more…

The current owners have done a fantastic job of improving the house – re-done roof, radiant heat in the floors – without altering the home’s original character at all. In fact, much of the home is original or has been painstakingly restored to its original beauty.

The house is somewhat of a mystery, though, in that the architect is unknown. What is known is that the post and beam house was built in 1961 and features bright, open spaces, an open kitchen, and original custom bathrooms.

Take a look at the pictures below to get a view of this great mid-century home, and if you have any information on the architect, please leave a comment on this post.

The multiple low-angle roof lines show off the post & beam construction from the outside. Nice privacy tree by the front door.

Immediately, the living room / dining room volume sets the design & decor language for the home: Exposed brick, asymmetrical hearth,  tongue-and-groove ceiling, post and beam construction, concrete floor, triple staggered pendant. I love the “orange peel” world map rug. So cool.

Looking up toward the front of the house from the back of the family room, you can see how smart this layout is, with the large, floor to ceiling windows & sliding door at left allowing unobstructed views of the home’s private patio & garden area, while the clerestory windows bring in tons of natural light while maintaining privacy at the front of the house.

Another shot to the kitchen and into the living room / dining room, from the wet bar area in the family room.

The home features a lot of really nice furniture and decor items, like the sideboard / credenza with woven wood door panels, and the textured, art piece above it.

I like that the living room / dining room area is intimate without feeling stuffy at all. The openness to the kitchen, and the glass wall looking out to the patio & garden keep things airy and light.

I’m a sucker for a good Danish modern lamp.

Another view of the living room / dining room area, this time looking toward the front of the house.

I love the shape of the dining room table…so cool!

A crowd gathers in the kitchen / family room.

CBB members Susan and Gary, who’s moving too fast to stake his claim on the sofa to be captured on camera. Another great furniture piece, the bookshelf in the back of the family room houses lots of nice art and accessories, while simply incorporating a modern flat-panel TV.

Nice drama in the master bedroom, thanks to the sloped ceiling. More period-specific lighting fixtures are found throughout the home.

Part of the larger bath that’s shared by the two bedrooms. Original tile and cabinetry.

The other part of the larger bath. Those sliding medicine cabinet doors at the base of the mirror are fantastic.

A shot of the second bedroom. Notice how the roof lines make the sleeping areas (in both bedrooms) more intimate. Nice.

A shot from behind the wet bar. Thanks to our hosts Alley Ballard and John Park for the nice spread and hospitality.

The smaller bathroom features the same overall style, with its own color scheme and a cute shower door.

A trio of classic mid-century pendant lights really helps create a cool mood for working or relaxing in the office / den.

Some more nice details.

Somebody at the event said these switches came out in the ’70s and allowed a homeowner to wallpaper the switches to coordinate with a home’s decor. If you have any more info about these really cool paddle switches, post in the comments!

If you think you might want to purchase this super-cool home and you’re interested in seeing it for yourself, you can contact @Properties real estate agent John Park at 847-651-1983.

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