Carus Residence

Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Carus Residence

Carus Residence



Positioned on a large, flat site in north-central Illinois, this house evokes the horizontal influence of the agricultural buildings that are part of the Midwest vernacular. Cement board panels and varied sizes and applications of redwood siding are wrapped over a steel frame to create the exterior skin. The house incorporates a characteristic program for a family of five. Visual and tactile elements, however, interconnect and resolve each room’s function in a way that gives the project an uncommon sensibility.

To maximize privacy, the house is L-shaped and oriented towards the perimeter of the lot. Facing the street to the north, the house acts as a privacy screen by protecting views into the pool area and yard. To create additional private outdoor space, a screened porch uses only the batten of a board and batten pattern of siding found on adjacent exterior walls.

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6,910 square feet


Sheffee Lulkin & Associates, Structural


2006 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award – Citation of Merit
2005 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – Honor Award


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Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing