John Eifler and Bonnie Phoenix, along with their sons, fixed up the Ross House in Glencoe in recent years, and now are featured for their work on the Frank Lloyd Wright home in the spring edition of Preservation magazine.
Eifler, a Chicago architect himself, said that he manuevered a way to buy the house during the recession and then emphasized making the house more eco-friendly, according to the magazine article. The house will undergo a final LEED check this fall.
"[It's] a very positive take on Glencoe’s connection to Frank Lloyd Wright," said Phoenix.
For Glencoe's historic preservation commission, reasons for presenting landmark awards are five-fold: to create, add, restore, renovate and preserve “those historic structures...valued by the village and its residents,” said commission chair Tom Scheckelhoff.
Glencoe, which includes approximately 3,000 homes, has roughly 3 percent of them listed as landmarks.
"Interestingly enough,” noted commissioner Peter Van Vechten, “about the same percentage were torn down in [the last five years].”