Jewel Box Addition

Highland Park, Illinois / United States of America

The owners required a residential elevator to accommodate their needs as they plan “to be carried out feet first” in addition to a series of rooms that would primarily, house and display their extensive collection of Asian art and antiques, and secondly, provide more library space, 3-seasons screened porch retreat, and a small wet bar for morning coffee. (Their collection of antiques and art had accumulated over years, and during the course of the project.) Finally, it was essential that the addition blend seamlessly with the existing unique character of the house – a blend of Lutyens-esque Classicism and Chippendale Chinoiserie.

A unique combination of eclecticism defines the spaces. The project team searched a Michigan forest for the perfect maple trunk to serve as a “tokobashira” anchoring cypress shelving in the Japanese tea ceremony-styled study. In the Chinoiserie Sitting Room, elaborate landscape murals adorn the ceiling and walls while built-in shelving houses and displays rotating artworks. Thematic details - including porcelain tile panels and handmade marquetry panels - punctuate multiple rooms.
 
The new elevator is hidden behind walnut paneling in the Cabinet of Curiosities designed to display a rotating selection of antiques collected based on themes established by the owners. 



Architect of Record

Elizabeth McNicholas
MGLM Architects
343 South Dearborn
Suite 1203
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.624.8172
Fax: 312.277.3780
Elizabeth@mglmarchitects.com

Associate Architect

Mark Allen Garzon
MGLM Architects
343 South Dearborn
Suite 1203
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.624.8172
Fax: 312.277.3780
Mark@mglmarchitects.com

Photography

Bill Meyer

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