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Booth Cottage?

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:55 am
by SWSinDC

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:03 am
by SDR
Plan and other material in this previous thread: ... 4bb2745e3e

Potential "masterpiece" ? Probably not. But an interesting opportunity for improvement, on a property with limited Wrightian significance beyond the name ?


Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:37 am
by Roderick Grant
"Masterpiece" is a stretch. But it could be improved significantly.

outside, is the value of the land such that moving the house to a more modest area would bring in enough money by selling the current lot to upgrade the house?

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:39 pm
by outside in
the house is definitely endangered. the asking price is actually below the market value for a lot in that part of Glencoe, and there are very few lots remaining anywhere near this cottage to move it to. Its a difficult situation as it has had a few mediocre additions glommed on over the years (including the entry canopy) which are not worth moving. In reality its a wooden "airstream" used by the Booth family for a summer.

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:06 pm
by SDR
Turn it into a one-of-a-kind house kit . . . "Build Your Own Wright Vacation House !" . . . perhaps as the piece de resistance in next season's Neiman Marcus catalog ?

All the excrescences could be discarded, every part and piece labeled to an assembly chart in the manner of the ASBH product ? "Choose your site, pour your slab, and presto . . . !"


Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:33 pm
by DavidC

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 9:25 am
by outside in
The Village of Glencoe has received a application for demolition of the Booth Cottage. The demo will be delayed for 6 months due to its honorary landmark status. The Village has no other protections, and the Village Board or Village Manager really don't seem to care. Sad state for Glencoe's history. The new owners are Jean Yang, a "real estate investor" - another McMansion coming soon!

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 5:21 pm
by Modmom1
If any of you are on twitter, Blair Kamin (architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune) is attempting to locate the owners: ... 2365671425 ... story.html

Booth Cottage in the Chicago Tribune

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 6:15 pm
by John
New owner applies for demolition permit! ... urce=zaius

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 8:42 am
by DavidC

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 10:03 am
by SDR
The vintage black-and-white image is very appealing, isn't it . . .


Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 4:58 pm
by Tom
Hard for me to understand the cottage as Wright until seeing that shot: ... 2661414912

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 7:11 pm
by SDR
With that photo one can see how "Usonian" might cross (has crossed) some lips. The roof fascia is uniquely minimalist, for this date, while the wooden "water table" is pure Prairie.

Is it correct to say that this was intended as a temporary structure ?


Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 11:24 pm
by Tom
Nice observation between roof and water table.

Yeah, I think I read in one of those articles it was intended as a temporary building.
The photograph suffices for preservation.

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 1:58 pm
by DavidC