Books: Immerse yourself in your architectural and interior design fantasies with At Home in Chicago


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glamorous coffee table book, At Home in Chicago, A Living History of Domestic Architecture, Written by Patrick F Cannon and photographed by James Caulfield (Copyright 2021, CityFiles Press) it is a great addition to any library, especially if a potential reader is interested in Chicago architecture, architectural styles, Chicago history, or interior design.

This truly is the way to step into some of Chicago’s most exclusive lodgings – and yes a few in Evanston.

The book is from a small publishing house that specializes in beautiful storytelling and strikingly rare photography. CityFiles’ Press The publisher is RoundTable’s Richard Kahan, who is based in Evanston and calls CityFiles “a small but powerful media company that believes in the power of words and images.”

casing At Home in Chicago: A Living History of Domestic Architecture. attributed to him: Wendy Cromash

Cannon and Coffield have combined their talents in five other architecture-related books before, focusing on Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, prairie style, and the great Chicago buildings in general.

Domestic homes emerged including the Francis Willard House and Dawes Mansion, which is now home to the Evanston Historical Society. Notable local architecture firm, Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker Residential Architects, own at least two distinctive homes and they are both stunning.

It speaks to the breadth of Cohen and Hacker that each home meets the needs of the respective homeowners’ clients without stylistically shouting that the design came from a particular company.

Francis Willard House Museum

The History Arch presents the book’s outline across five sections – Before the Fire, Rebuilding Chicago, New Architecture, Prosperity Before the Statue, and the New Century. The text is well thought out and the images are stunning. The reader is taken on a quick tour through time beginning in 1836 and ending in 2015.

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