One of the most prominent residential buildings represented by the second generation of the Chicago School architects is the Albert F. Madlener House. Designed by Hugh Garden, the house faces Burton St. with an off center front door. Three stories compose the brick and limestone building, which is capped by a hip roof and a cornice, and topped by a low parapet. A two-story carriage house is located west of the house with a small yard separating the two buildings.
A square hallway sits in the center of the house. Most of the living spaces are located on the main floor with the bedrooms on the second floor. The third floor includes a large ballroom.
The house was built for liquor wholesaler Albert F. and Elsa S. Madlener in 1902. The building was purchased in 1963 by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
The Albert F. Madlener House is located at 4 W. Burton St. Exhibitions of the Graham Foundation are on view Monday-Thursday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission to the exhibitions, lectures and other programs are free, but seating is limited to the first 150 people. Tours of the Madlener House are also offered by the Society of Architectural Historians on Saturdays at 10:00am, for a fee, as part of a tour that includes their historic headquarters building--the James Charnley House.
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