The Seigle House is located in the Lincoln Park community, north of downtown Chicago. It occupies two typical city lots and was deigned for a couple with grown children who regularly visit and stay with their parents. Both in massing and exterior colors, the house consciously relates to the predominant neighborhood context of brick and stone residences. For that reason its exterior façade is made of limestone on the ground floor and an innovative terra-cotta cladding on the upper floors. The familiar colors and textures of these materials, sand-beige and orange-red, harmoniously blend the Seigle House into the pre-existing, residential character of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
The ground floor, the garage and the front and back yards are enclosed by a continuous stone wall. The volume of the upper two floors appears to be floating above the ground floor being separated by a continuous band of clerestory glass. A small penthouse addition on the roof provides access to a deck which one can view the city’s downtown skyline. All of the four levels are connected by a grand staircase that is visible from the outside through a monumental four story high window on the north elevation.
The interior spaces, generously proportioned, are carefully detailed with quality materials by the architects Lohan Anderson, while the furniture and fabrics were selected by Leslie Jones & Associates.