While the phrase “modern architecture” often brings to mind cold steel, glass and stone structures, the buildings of Edward Dart are a sharp contrast. The Yale-trained architect studied under some of the world’s most impressive Modernists (think Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra and Eero Saarinen) and is revered for the warmth of his work and the inventive way he handled pedestrian materials such as brick, wood and glass. He opened his own Chicago office in 1951, then joined the noted Chicago firm Loebl Schlossman & Bennett (now Loebl Schlossman & Hackl) in 1965. In addition to homes and churches, he also designed Water Tower Place and racked up 18 prestigious American Institute of Architecture awards before his career was cut short by his unexpected passing in 1975 at the age of 53.
As the architect only has 52 homes to his credit, scoring a Dart-designed abode is no small feat. And while his residences encompass a wide price range, they fall on the high end. Last year, a 1961 three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house at 195 Ivy in Highland Park sold for $816,500, while 350 Sunrise in Glencoe, a 5,600-square-foot spread with four full baths, two half baths and a three-car garage on more than an acre of land right off the lakefront, is listed for $3.15 million. It was originally built in 1965 for the Crown family, then bought by well-known futures pioneer (and chairman emeritus of CME Group) Leo Melamed in 1975. The home features soaring ceilings, exquisitely wrought interior woodwork and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that line the back of the house — as well as an outdoor pool and a direct path to the lake, says marketing broker Jen Waldman of Coldwell Banker (call 312-375-9706).
Partner in design
Chicago architect Calvin Tobin joined Loebl Schlossman & Bennett in 1953, eventually serving as managing partner of the firm. He built 814 Dean in Highland Park (pictured above) for himself (and was the last owner) and it’s an excellent example of his work. The layout features two wings joined by a glass stairwell, sky-high ceilings and exposed brick, glass and wood. The 3,400-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-full and two-half bath home — nestled near a scenic ravine — is being marketed by his daughter, Coldwell Banker broker Nancy London (call 847-997-9917), for $770,000.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hans Wegner’s iconic Shell chair, manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has teamed with design retailer Maharam to create 20 variations of the coveted collectors piece, using fabrics from designers such as Hella Jongeriusand Paul Smith. Chairs start at $2,625. For where to buy, visit Maharamshellchairproject.com.