Wondering what all the activity is about at the McCormick House adjacent to the Elmhurst Art Museum? The renowned​ Mies ​van der Rohe home is currently undergoing a face-lift, the first phase of an extensive restoration project.

Paint deterioration on the exterior and interior, along with rain damage on the flat roof, led to the decision to begin restorations. The first phase involves removing multiple layers of pain and re-coating the steel surfaces to prevent further corrosion. 

Elmhurst-based Heritage Architecture Studio, LLC, is leading the project. The firm specializes in historic preservation and has 20 years of expertise in design and planning of historical structures.

The one-story home is the largest of only three homes in the U.S. designed by van der Rohe, and one of only two that are open to the public. It was built in 1952 for Isabella Gardner and her husband Robert Hall McCormick III. The McCormicks entertained famed poets T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost in the house, as well as other celebrities of the time.

The building reflects the pioneering architecture of van der Rohe, whose use of steel and glass was a new concept for housing in the 1950s. It was originally located several blocks away but was moved in 1994 to Wilder Park.

The first phase of restoration is expected to be completed in early May. Other projects include floor replacement, wall reconfiguration, and replacement of a post-construction kitchen to its original location.

The architecture and cultural riches of Elmhurst are just a few of the many great reasons to live here. To find out more about what makes this a great city, contact us at (630) 441-5570 or at www.gmregroup.com.