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Chicago's Late 19th Century Queen Anne Cottages Inspired


The Fall 2008 Traditional Building Design Challenge took place during the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference in Chicago, September 19-20, 2008 at the Navy Pier. 

Project Description

The Fall 2008 Traditional Building Design Challenge focused on on a vacant lot at 1300 S. Heath, Chicago, IL.  This location sits among three blocks of late 19th Century Queen Anne cottages, modeled after Chicago architect Normand S. Patton’s Claremont Cottages and is currently listed on Landmarks Illinois’ 2007 Chicagoland Watch List for endangered sites.

The project was to design and draw by-hand an infill new "old" house that could fit contextually into one of Chicago's most endangered historic neighborhoods with a lot size of 25' x 80'

Minimum Item/Room Description
• Modern kitchen designed with entertaining in mind
• Master suite with generously sized closets and a spa like bath
• Two Guest Bedrooms with necessary closets and at least one bath that services both rooms
• Living room and dining room that seats 8
• Dinette with ample natural lighting
• Laundry

Click below to view The 2008 Traditional Building Design Challenge Competitors results:

First Place:

Visbeen Associates, Inc.

4139 Embassy Drive SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Ph: 616.285.9901

Interior Floor Plan

Site Plan

Elevation View


Second Place:

MMG Studio

600 South Dearborn

Suite 501

Chicago IL 60605

Ph: 574-309-3529

Front Elevation View

Basement Plan

First and Second Floor

Street Perspective

Runners Up:

Braulio Casas Architects

PO Box 4818    

Seaside, FL 32459

Ph: 850.231.0922

Street Elevation

First and Second


Linville Architects

408 East Wilson Street

Madison, WI 53703

Ph: 608.251.6696

Site Plan

Interior Floor

Side Elevation

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