family room has coffered ceiling, fireplace, and handmade tiles with motifs
Photo: Nathan Kirkman
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Family Room

The family room is part of the two-story addition. Its coffered ceiling conceals steel beams that support the upstairs master bedroom. The three-over-one windows echo those elsewhere on the house. Handmade tiles—several with a motif taken from a downtown Chicago building designed by architect Louis Sullivan—form the fireplace surround. The box bay occupied by the media cabinet is about the same size as the bay at the front of the house.

Technically, the Stilps’ architect was Graham Anderson Probst and White, an architectural firm that was a successor to Burnham & Root, which designed many historic structures in Chicago, including the Wrigley Building. But since the Stilps were old hands at renovation—they had previously rehabbed an 1880s home in the Ravenswood section of Chicago—they did much of the design themselves, using hand-drawn sketches and design software. The architects polished up the Stilps’ work and rendered the official construction drawings.
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