Frank Lloyd Wright loved windows. And there’s probably no one who understands this better than the architect John Eifler. He has spent decades restoring Frank Lloyd Wright homes for clients. And now he owns one himself: the Ross House in Glencoe, Illinois in a small 1915 subdivision of six homes planned by Wright’s attorney, Sherman Booth Jr.
But most people knew it simply as “The Purple House” when Eifler bought it in 2011.
It had heavy lilac trim. And a number of problems. The house had stood vacant for three years. It had no heat, no running water. The exterior was covered in a plastic stucco that didn’t let the house breathe.
But the painstaking restoration was worth it. A final detail involved making the classic Wright patterned, single-pane leaded glass windows on the second floor more energy efficient. Not wanting to cover them up with exterior storms, he bought 15 Indow inserts.
They solved the problem.
“They are working well and I like the look… they’re pretty invisible, and one can still see the exterior window sash, which is great,” he said. “Our house is much less drafty and the geothermal furnace does not kick on as often, so it’s quieter. Glencoe is pretty quiet to begin with, but the commuter train isn’t too far away, and we barely hear it.”
Edged in Indow’s patented Compression Tubing, the inserts press into the window frames without a damaging track or magnetic system. And that mattered because Eifler is particular about windows. He and his significant other, Bonnie Phoenix, reconditioned all the ones in the Ross House themselves, taking the hinges off, laying them on a workbench, removing the glass and stripping the purple paint with a heat gun. Then he sanded and stained them.
He didn’t want to do anything to mar the iconic original windows and was glad he found a simple solution. “These are exciting properties,” he said of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. “He looked at things much differently than other people. He was sensitive to windows and having natural light and views.”
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