Gregory Residence

Gregory Residence

Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
Wilmette, Illinois, USA | View Map
Tony Soluri

ElementMarkeProduct Name
Talis S/ Kitchen Faucet, Focus E/Standard Bath Faucet, Unica/Secondary Bath Shower TrimHansgrohe SE
Talis S
Organic White/Counters HousewideCaesarstone
Model 1021/Exterior LeversetsFSB
Abstrak/Kitchen Cabinet FrontsIKEA
Exterior Paint/Lap Siding, HardiePlank Lap SidingJames Hardie

Talis S/ Kitchen Faucet, Focus E/Standard Bath Faucet, Unica/Secondary Bath Shower Trim
Talis S nach Hansgrohe SE
nach TOTO
Organic White/Counters Housewide
Model 1021/Exterior Leversets
nach FSB
Abstrak/Kitchen Cabinet Fronts
nach IKEA
Exterior Paint/Lap Siding, HardiePlank Lap Siding

Gregory Residence

Searl Lamaster Howe Architects als Architekten

Avid horticulturalists, these clients sought the rarest of gems – a fully sunny property on Chicago’s Northshore. Thanks to tree protection ordinances, finding an open property proved to be a challenge. Clearcutting a site was in direct conflict with the project’s ethos. Five years of searching led to a site steps from Lake Michigan and Wilmette’s town center and commuter rail.


A 29-foot span of south facing glass opens – almost shockingly for this context - onto the back garden. An extension of the exterior walls and roof shelters this elevation from direct sunlight during the summer and from the sights of nearby neighbors year-round. Orienting the house to the rear yard meant positioning the garage at the front of the property, rarely a neighborly gesture. The telltale volume of the garage is obscured by extending its north wall eastward and punching in an opening which leads into a semi private entry court.


The house materials were kept modest – white stucco, neutral toned cement board lap siding, and black Richlite panels. They serve as a quiet backdrop to the colors, shapes, layers, and textures of the plantings. Two key elements define the interior. A solid dark volume anchors the living area. Clad in the same Richlite as the exterior, the massing includes a fireplace, oxidized steel shelves, and a hidden closet. In contrast, the kitchen and dining zones are backed by a light infused composition of an open tread staircase and shelving built from standard 2x4s and 1x3s. All in white.

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