Former Children’s Wing

McCormick House in between exhibitions, Claudia Weber

These photographs of the former Children’s Wing of the McCormick House were taken in between exhibitions. The current layout differs significantly from Mies van der Rohe’s original floor plan from 1952. Several wood panels have been removed and others reconfigured. The photographs show clockwise from top left: the former kitchen area; the former living room / playroom / girl’s room / utility area; the hallway to the maid’s room; the boys’ room.

Testing a Prototype

I will move into one wing of the McCormick House for two months as part of an experimental exhibition project. 

A House in Different States

Transportation of McCormick House

Sources: Unknown

The third family who lived in the McCormick House, the Ficks, sold it to the museum in 1991. The house was gutted and transported in 1994 from 299 Prospect Ave to 150 South Cottage Hill Ave.

Relocation of the McCormick House in 1994

Relocation route of McCormick House, Claudia Weber

The house was sold in 1991 by its last occupants, Ray and Mary Ann Fick, to the Elmhurst Fine Arts and Civic Center Foundation, and in 1994 the steel structure was cut in half and each transported by truck from its original location at 299 Prospect Avenue to the new campus for the planned Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) in Wilder Park. 

Read More

Mies van der Rohe’s Prototype Home

Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House on 299 Prospect Avenue

Source: Hedrich Blessing Archive / Chicago Historical Society

Mies van der Rohe built the McCormick House (1952) in Elmhurst, IL, as a prototype for prefab housing that then could be developed on a larger scale in the western Chicagoland area. (…)

Read More

Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy
Youtube
Consent to display content from Youtube
Vimeo
Consent to display content from Vimeo
Google Maps
Consent to display content from Google