House Tour: Chicago Green Experiment

NYT House & Home Roundup 3.13.08

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Today's New York Times features a thoughtful and beautiful modern redesign of a warehouse. Frances Whitehead and James Elniski, faculty members at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, embraced the idea of green living when they built their home in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Though they are the first to admit that there is always room to be greener, they clearly believe that the green movement has merit and are satisfied in their attempt at balancing sustainability with aesthetics...

By using as much as the existing building as possible and installing a number of green systems, the house is a true experiment in more-sustainable and environmentally-friendly living. Geothermal heating, radiant heated floors, wind turbines, rain water cisterns, photovoltaic and thermal panels are just the beginning. The couple's architect and contractor, William James, of James & Kutyla Architecture admitted it was an ambitious project...

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Check out the full story from The New York Times: In Chicago, Tinted Green. Chicagoans will be pleased to know that in addition to letting the house serve as a Case Study for architecture and design students, the couple have plans to include it in the AIA Chicago House Tours this summer.

(Pics: Michelle Litvin)