Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Claremont House

Claremont House

Chicago, Illinois


Traditional materials of brick, concrete, limestone, steel, and zinc are used to form a non-traditional house on a lot on the north side of Chicago. From bungalows to mansions, the front porch has long been vital to neighborhood life in Chicago. The porch was revisited as the site of interaction between the public realm of the street and the public and private spaces of the house in this family residence. The house unites the front yard with the back through visual transparency, where sheets of glass ten feet high and fifteen feet wide terminate an open plan and can be screened for privacy when needed. The house has a natural ventilation configuration that acts like a turbine to condition the house for reduced energy usage.

Project Type



4,250 square feet


Goldberg General Contracting


C.E. Anderson & Associates, Structural


2010 Residential Architect Design Award – Custom House
2010 Residential Architect Design Award – Design Detail
2009 AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award – Citation of Merit
2009 Builder Magazine Builder’s Choice Award – Merit Award
2008 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
 – Citation of Merit
2008 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award
 – Honor Award


“Brininstool + Lynch: Claremont House.” January 28 – February 29, 2008. Syracuse University School of Architecture Warehouse Gallery


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