ROGERS PARK — That unique-looking Sheridan Road home on the city's Far North Side isn't just some kooky real estate design — it's a rare non-prairie-style Frank Lloyd Wright commission known as the Emil Bach House.
Built in 1915 after Wright returned from Europe, the cubic home at 7415 N. Sheridan draws from many of Wright's earlier works — like thin horizontal bricks, multi-functional amenities, built in plantars and more.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago tour last weekend allowed the public to tour more than 200 little-known and architecturally significant sites throughout the city for free — including the Emil Bach House.
A "pathway to discovery" takes visitors from a front view of the towering home to a slightly elevated secret front door where the home's architecture is meant to draw people in spiritually and emotionally.
Unlike the majority of Wright's other homes, the rebellious Emil Bach House does not follow the prairie-style layout.
People lined up down the block for a chance to get a glimpse inside the house and its private Japanese tea garden.
The Bach House was designated as a Chicago Landmark on Sept 28, 1977, and entered into the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 23, 1979.
A plaque along the sidewalk in front of the home showing off its landmark desgination. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
Visitors to the home eagerly awaited their turn to get an inside glimpse during the Open House Chicago tour. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A look at the home's second floor and one of several balconies. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A "pathway to discovery" takes visitors around the side of the house to its hidden "front door." Wright belived a door near the rear of the home would help keep out noise from the bustling Sheridan Road. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A wall extending from the home's back porch, near the "front door," was meant to change the perception of the home's shape and layout. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
The entrance from the "front door" leading into the living room to the right, and back porch to the left. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A photo of the home's original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Bach, greet visitors on a shelf coming in from the entrance. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
The living room, complete with a built-in "brick carpet" and seating area. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A long, narrow table divides portions of the living space into a sitting area, living room, eating space and leads visitors into the kitchen. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A seating area across from the table. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A book shelf with historic photos of the home sit next to the door leading into the kitchen. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A view from the top of the second-floor stairs looking down, where bedrooms and two bathrooms are. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
An office and reading room off the second floor. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
The master bedroom. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
This bathroom used to serve as the maid's quarters but has since been re-done. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
The home originally got an expansive look at the lake, but apartment buildings constructed over the years have come to obstruct the view. One small sliver of Lake Michigan remains. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A seating area and fire pit line the front of the tea garden. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
The sprawling adjoining side lot is also part of the estate. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
The Japanese tea garden was not part of the original property, but built over the last few years. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
The room can be rented out for private parties, as well as the rest of the house. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A small walkway lines the side of the tea garden. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
A view of the house from the back. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
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