Emil Bach House
Built in 1915, the Emil Bach House is a Prairie style house in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The world-famous architect designed the home in the Prairie-School style and this was one of his last Prairie School projects before transitioning to a more Japanese aesthetic. Emil Bach and his five brothers ran the Bach Brick Company in Chicago. Emil lived in the house with his wife until 1934. Today the house serves as a wedding venue and vacation rental that celebrates the work of the famous architect who designed the home.
Backstory and Context
Their success coincided with the rapid growth of Chicago, which included brick production. Following the infamous 1871 Chicago Fire, brick replaced wood as a construction material. Concurrently, a farm in what is now the northern suburbs of Chicago was discovered to possess excellent clay soil for brick making. As a result, numerous brickmakers established businesses in the region and in 1872, several rail lines were constructed to connect the brickmakers to the city. Brick production peaked between 1915 and 1920, when as many as 300,000 bricks were manufactured a day.
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