It shows some influences of the European Arts and Crafts movement in the design in the unique capital for the three pillars across the front. The wide overhang of the eaves and the straight line simplicity and strength contribute to the Chicago Arts and Crafts style. Julius Huber lived in Lakewood Balmoral and is known for several homes in the Historic District.
This home was the winner of the Chicagoland Painted Lady award in 1998 under the direction of the firm of Greene and Proppe Design who worked on the home with the current owner. The colors were chosen to enhance the Arts and Crafts design and focus attention on the massing of forms in the design of the house. The front porch of the home was never open and always consisted of two separate areas. In the entrance area is a small diamond patterned glass window. In the small vestibule the tile is a Greek key design and the wainscoting is a textured wall covering called Anaglypta.
In the reception hall there are many details in the Arts and Crafts style including the unique stained glass window on the north side of the house and the screen that separates the area from the staircase. The oak floors are original as is the birch woodwork around the windows and doors. At the base of the staircase is a built-in bench.
At the entrance to the living room are two partial dividers that make the wide opening slightly smaller. This detail is also seen in the doorway between the living room and the dining room. An Arts and Crafts stained glass windows is located on the south wall of the living room. The designs of the stained glass are based on organic elements that have been worked into a geometric framework. The living room opens into a library and music room.
Moving to the back of the house from the base of the staircase you see another elegant stained glass which provides diffused light to the stair case. The rooms upstairs are not open for the tour. There are 4 bedrooms which is typical of an American Foursquare design with a central hall and a full bath. Two of the bedrooms have been combined for a master bedroom suite.
Through the hallway is a beautiful door that separates the front of the house from the kitchen. In this hallway is a half bath that has been redone with bead board wainscoting. The kitchen has been redesigned by Greene and Proppe Design to include a free standing Hoosier; a cabinet found in many homes before built-in cabinets were put in kitchens. The bay window overlooking the garden is new. The room is light and bright. There is space for a kitchen table and additional storage. This redesign of the kitchen included eliminating service porches and enlarging the space for the kitchen.
From the kitchen you can see the dining room which has a fireplace as the focal point of the room. The wood mantel has carved Macintosh style roses which shows once again how the architect and the owner wanted to showcase the Arts and Crafts movement. Charles Rennie Macintosh, a Scottish architect was known for this design and his work that shows the influences of both the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau. The walls of the dining room wainscoting are covered in a real wood veneer with oak strips every 16-18 inches. The ceiling is coffered. All the walls have picture trough so you can hang pictures with an “S” hook.
As you exit through the back porch into the garden enjoy the arbor also designed by Greene and Proppe and the beautiful garden designed by Mark Frazer.