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Charnley-Persky House

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Architecture -- It's All in the Details

It seems that Louis Sullivan designed the overall "modern" concept of this relatively small and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rebecca B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
It's FREE and it's a glimpse into the Louis Sullivan & Frank Lloyd Wright era

This is billed as the first modern house, and all you have to do is look around the neighboring... read more

Reviewed May 21, 2018
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1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610-2144
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It seems that Louis Sullivan designed the overall "modern" concept of this relatively small and intimate home for the Charnleys, but Frank Lloyd Wright designed the details. Beautiful examples of both architects' work. There are no original furnishings, and there is no attempt to recreate...More

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Reviewed May 21, 2018

This is billed as the first modern house, and all you have to do is look around the neighboring houses to see why. The Sullivan designed exterior is free of excess ornamentation. Inside is magical, with a large skylight and beautiful design elements that appear...More

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Reviewed November 24, 2017 via mobile

I’ve been going to Chicago for years but have never heard of this place. Apparently, I’m not alone. When I went for a free lunchtime tour, there were only four of us and I’m guessing that’s par for the course. This is a really lovely,...More

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Reviewed September 7, 2017

Limited hours: I saw on a Saturday. Took time to walk the neighborhood beforehand and marvel. Not only at the contrast between age contemporaries of this building, but the general ambiance. Yes I understand why people pay big bucks to live in places like this....More

1  Thank scott r
Reviewed August 27, 2017

This is where it all began. The James Charnley House in Chicago represents an early benchmark in the development of Frank Lloyd Wright, who as a draftsman and designer in the office of noted architect Louis Sullivan contributed significantly to its design. Located at 1365...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed June 16, 2016

This National Historic building was designed and built in 1891 by Louis Sullivan and a very young Frank Lloyd Wright. Take the tour round the house to see the early influences on Wright's career. At this time he was working for Adler and Sullivan but...More

1  Thank Peach P
Reviewed May 28, 2016

Entrance is not via the main door, but by a side gate. The house is in an impressive district which is worth a walk around. Stunning house both inside and out. Clearly part of the tradition and development that includes Frank Lloyd Wright. I have...More

1  Thank John K
Reviewed April 17, 2016

This is a great house and a must do if you are interested in architecture in Chicago. Very interesting to see the Louis Sullivan details and the start of Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas on open planning. Easy to book on line and perhaps better on...More

1  Thank Ian M
Reviewed January 2, 2016

It is a home to the Society of Architectural Historians and it is usually not open to public. (only special tours). But you can easily check it out from the street. This mansion features the combine work of Louis Sullivan and his employee Frank Lloyd...More

1  Thank Anna G
Reviewed November 12, 2015

What is the old saying: "You can't see the forest for the trees." I thought of that the other day after we toured the historic Charnley-Persky House at 1365 North Astor Street in Chicago's Gold Coast. We have lived only two blocks from the house...More

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here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic
mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also
find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred
restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping
fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The
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