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S.011 – Warren McArthur Residence

S.011A – Remodeling, &

S.011B - Garage

4852 Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

 

S.014 – George Blossom Residence, 4858 Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

S.133 – George Blossom Garage, 1322 East 49th Street, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

These houses sit side-by-side in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, a few blocks from the Museum of Science & Industry and just north of the Hyde Park community.  Both were side projects while Wright was employed by Louis Sullivan, and both mainly show adherence to traditional designs.   

 

The McArthur Residence receives three project numbers in William Allin Storrer’s book – S.011 for the house constructed in 1892, S.011A* for its 1900 remodeling, and S.011B* for a stable built in 1900.  Blossom receives two numbers – S.014 for the 1892 house, and S.133 for the garage facing 49th Street built in 1907. 

 

Wright also renovated a dining room two houses away, at 4842 Kenwood (S.012 – no photos).  The Robie house (S.127) and the site of the demolished Midway Gardens (S.180) are nearby.

 

The McArthur and Blossom residences both hit the real estate market in October 2012.  A gallery of photos from the McArthur listing – including interior photos – is available.  The new owners of Blossom commissioned an extensive refurbishment program in 2015 & 2016, and I was fortunate to take pictures of the construction.

 

* S.011A & S.011B were originally numbered as S.012 & S.013 in earlier editions of the Storrer guide.

 

Photographed in August 1993^ and May 23, 2016. 

 

Opus: McArthur – T.9205; Blossom T.9201; Blossom garage T.0701

 

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S.011 – Warren McArthur Residence

 

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S.011B – McArthur Garage

 

Clear views of the garage are not possible from the street.

 

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Left: View from driveway

Right: View from 49th Street, with the Blossom garage (S.133) in the foreground

 

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View of Blossom garage with McArthur garage in the background

 

S.014 – George Blossom Residence

 

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2016 construction

 

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S.133 – George Blossom Garage

 

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The McArthur garage is partially visible in the background

 

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Revised 05/26/2016

 

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