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    Zook Home and Studio
327 S. Oak St., Hinsdale (DuPage County)


Architect R. Harold Zook designed this residence for his family in 1924.  The modest, two-bedroom house has an adjacent garage and second-floor studio where Zook worked on his architectural commissions.  The brick house bears the picturesque details of an English Cotswold Cottage, including steep gables, dormer windows, and shaped shingles that mimic a traditional thatched roof. 


In the past ten years, seven Zook-designed residences in Hinsdale have been demolished as part of the village’s trend of teardown development.  This property was recently purchased by a local builder who plans to raze both buildings and construct a large-scale modern mansion in their place.  Zook’s later Art Deco designs include the Municipal Building in St. Charles and the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.




Following the announcement of the 2005 Endangered List, local action was taken to save the architect’s home. Two anonymous Hinsdale residents contributed $400,000 to the Hinsdale Historical Society to move the buildings, which had to be cut into several sections, placed on wheels, braced by steel beams and towed to the new site about a mile and half away. LPCI underwrote film documentation of the move. To learn more, go to www.hinsdalehistory.org.


Photo credit: LPCI










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