James Charnley House

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James Charnley House
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The original symmetrical facade as it appeared in 1892 - the adjacent building was later demolished
James Charnley House is located in Chicago
James Charnley House
James Charnley House is located in Illinois
James Charnley House
James Charnley House is located in the US
James Charnley House
Location 1365 N. Astor Street, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°54′27.54″N 87°37′39.67″W / 41.9076500°N 87.6276861°W / 41.9076500; -87.6276861Coordinates: 41°54′27.54″N 87°37′39.67″W / 41.9076500°N 87.6276861°W / 41.9076500; -87.6276861
Built 1892[2]
Architect Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright
NRHP Reference # 70000232[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 17, 1970[1]
Designated NHL August 6, 1998[4]
Designated CL August 20, 1972[3]
An additional bay was added on the right side after the demolition of the adjacent building

The James Charnley Residence is located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, at 1365 North Astor Street. The house is now called the Charnley–Persky House and is operated as a museum and organization headquarters by The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).[5] An Adler & Sullivan design, the townhouse is the work of Louis Sullivan and a young Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a junior draftsman in Sullivan's office at the time.[2] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

The house was completed in 1892 for Charnley, a Chicago lumberman who lived in the house with his family for about a decade.[5] The building was later owned by members of the Waller family, who invested in real estate. The house was purchased by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1986 and subsequently restored.[2] Seymour Persky purchased the house in 1995 and donated it to the SAH who renamed the building to the Charnley–Persky House to honor their benefactor.[5]

The plain brick facade with simple ornamentation was quite different from other houses on the Gold Coast, but the interior is distinguished by rich ornamentation that is typical of Sullivan's work.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wolfe, Gerard R. (1996). Chicago: In and Around the Loop. New York, New York: McGraw=Hill. pp. 404–406. ISBN 0-07-071390-1. 
  3. ^ "Charnley House". City of Chicago Dept. of Pl. and Devpmt., Landmarks Div. 2003. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  4. ^ "James Charnley House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  5. ^ a b c "Charnley–Persky House History". Charnley–Persky House Museum Website. Charnley–Persky House Museum Foundation. 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 

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