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Charnley House

Astor St. and Schiller Ave. elevations     Address: 1365 N. Astor St.
Year Built: 1891
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright , Adler & Sullivan
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: August 20, 1972

Second story colonaded balcony This collaboration of two of the world's most-famous architects combines the geometry, massing, and detailing of a mature Louis Sullivan with the earliest hint of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style planning and design. A compact urban townhouse that takes maximum advantage of its small city lot, it was built for James Charnley, a Chicago lumber dealer. Wright later proclaimed it as "the first modern house." It is located in the Astor Street District.

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