Located about an hour north of downtown Chicago, the suburb of Riverwoods, Illinois, was envisioned—according to Chicago Magazine—as a model town with an unusual goal: for homes to disappear into their natural surroundings. With thick forests next to the Des Plaines River, Riverwoods was an ideal spot for integrating buildings into the landscape, a tenet of the Prairie style of architecture.
More than 40 of the town’s original homes were designed by the self-taught architect Edward Humrich, an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright known for building low-slung, glass-walled structures out of redwood, cypress, and brick. One of Humrich’s most impressive residences in Riverwoods is this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath stunner built in 1969.
Located on almost two acres of mature woodlands, the flat-roofed structure boasts two dramatic circular rooms that aim to bring the outdoors in. High wood ceilings with exposed beams are complemented by windows all around, brick fireplaces ground the living and dining rooms, and an updated kitchen manages to fit the style thanks to clerestory windows and exposed shelving.
A master bedroom offers more views to the forest beyond, and a unique curved master bedroom offers a soaking tub for relaxation.
Outside, an in-ground pool and pool house round out the amenities. Love what you see? 72 Treasure Lane is on the market now for $799,000.