Ever since we read this description on Metromix, we've been curious about one of Uptown's oddest landmarks:
Inspired insanity: For a single serving of quirky architecture, check out the kooky, corrugated aluminum-clad Bachman House (1244 W. Carmen Ave.). This place was built in 1889, then tweaked by architect Bruce Goff in 1947 and '48 to serve as a home recording studio. Part ark, part cottage, the residence got its Uptown neighbors talking.
So we went past and took a look. Definitely not the norm on this lovely tree-lined street.
We did a little more research and found out that Bachman House has been designated a Chicago Landmark. According to A Native's Guide to Chicago, Goff is well-known in architectural circles "for spatially complex houses that use natural materials in a far-out way, kind of like a Frank Lloyd Wright for the 21st Century (even though he died in the 20th)." We think he fits into Uptown just fine.