Mount Carroll, Silsbee designed a home for former Judge and Illinois Speaker of the House, James Shaw. It was built in 1889 and is a deceptively simple home. It is Shingle Style with the first floor clad in clapboards and upper floor and roof originally in shingles. All of the windows are punched openings with a simple frame but no discernible header or sill. A simple curved lintel with attached columns frames the open entry porch and simple brackets are arranged around the eaves as an ornament. The bracket arrangement is reminiscent of a motif he used on other buildings, particularly the Comfort Station he designed at Lincoln Park.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Home for James Shaw
Yesterday, I was asked to give architectural tours of a home in Polo, Illinois. I like being able to introduce people to Silsbee's work first-hand and always enjoy being in north central Illinois in the fall. Another thing I enjoy is looking at the numerous buildings designed by Silsbee and other prominent Chicago architects that dot the towns in this part of the state. J. L. Silsbee alone has work in Polo, Dixon and Mount Carroll. In the area, you can also find nice works by William Otis, Pond & Pond, Patton & Fisher and others.