Many of my readers know I’m a huge Don Erickson fan. Before he was on his own, Erickson worked for a number of architects in the Chicago area, including Frank Louis Glick. Right now, you have the opportunity to live in the home that Glick designed for himself and his family.
Built in 1955, the 2,400 square foot home sits on a double lot of over a quarter of an acre, backing to forest preserve, on a peaceful street in Park Ridge.
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Constructed primarily of brick, the home features many hallmarks of classic mid-century modernism, including extensive use of floor to ceiling glass, generous roof overhangs, built-in storage and an efficient use of space.
This efficiency is evidenced in the fact that the house feels bigger than its size. A large family room looks out over the home’s back yard into the forest preserve to the west, and there’s another large space in the combination living room / dining room, which also features a unique fireplace & mantel.
According to the home’s current owners, Glick did a fair amount of commercial design, and incorporated some commercial elements into the house, such as electrical outlet strips tucked away under the window lines and commercial-style vent covers in the ceilings.
The master bedroom is round, with a closet that features accordion room divider-style doors. Many of the closets in the home have door switches that turn on the closet lights automatically. Another unique feature is a triangular bump-out on a front wall of the house. From the outside, it may seem like it’s simply a design element used to add visual interest to the home, but on the inside, it houses closets for the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. A clever – and visually interesting – solution.
In the finished lower level is another bathroom that appears to be mostly original, as well as a couple more living spaces: A room that could be used as a 4th bedroom, and a generously-sized rec room with some built-ins.
The kitchen has been redone to contemporary standards more recently, and a round outdoor bar / grill was added to the back of the house at some point as well.
I wasn’t able to find much info on Glick, other than that Erickson worked for him, and that he may have moved to Barrington or Palatine after he sold the Park Ridge home. If you have any additional information on Frank Louis Glick, please share it in the comments.