FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S DESIGN
In contrast to the expansive, open Prairie houses Wright designed just years earlier, the Bach House is strongly centered and self-contained. A flat roof with cantilevered projections shelters the residence and shades the small balconies off each of the bedrooms, which themselves add to the “outside inside” theme of the house.
The main entrance to the house is at the east side, away from the busy road on which the house sits, and obscured from public view (a doorway on the home’s north side, interestingly, leads nowhere). An open porch spans the back of the house and creates a dramatic horizontal projection toward Lake Michigan, originally clearly in view but now impaired by subsequently constructed residential towers.
The Emil Bach House was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1977 and placed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places in 1979. In 2013, the building was meticulously restored to its original appearance following a two-year renovation. On May 1, 2014, it began its new life as a vacation getaway and event rental space.