The Charnley House
Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Making of Chicago's Gold Coast
In this collection of original essays, six well-known architectural historians illuminate various aspects of the house, both inside and out, as they consider its remarkable formal and spatial qualities, its historical significance in the development of Chicago's elite residential neighborhood, and its place in the context of American domestic architecture. Equally important, the contributors tackle the knotty, decades-old issue concerning the building's designer. While many have ascribed the scheme to Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan's chief assistant at the time, this book sheds new light on how the house relates significantly to the work of both master and apprentice.
The continuing debate over the house's "authorship" highlights the importance of the Charnley house in the history of modern architecture as the seminal work of residential design in the United States. These thoroughly researched interpretations, supplemented by an abundance of never before published illustrations, analyze this house of distinction with the care and detail it deserves. Beautifully restored in late 1980s, the Charnley house now has a book worthy of it.
1. The Elusive Charnley House
2. Charnleys by the Lake: Houses, Apartments, and Fashion on Chicago's Gold Coast
3. The Charnley House in Its Architectural Context
4. At Home on Astor Street: Uses of Interior Space at the Charnley House
Elizabeth Collins Cromley
5. Who Designed the Charnley House: Louis Sullivan or Frank Lloyd Wright?
6. The Charnley House as an Architectural Embryo
Afterword: A Case for Collaboration