The Barrington home that architect Ed Dart built for himself and his wife, greatly expanded by later owners with little attention to his modernist style, has sold for about half what those sellers paid for it before tacking on the addition.
In the photo at the top of this article, the Dart design is at right and the next owners’ addition is at left.
Dart, who died in 1975, was in Lisle and other modernist churches, and of many dramatic midcentury houses. In 1964, he built the Barrington house of brick and glass with a tall, almost pyramidal, roof. At the top of the interior, beneath the roof peak, was Dart’s home office, a platform open on four sides that suggested a bird’s nest in a barn’s upper reaches.
“Situated on a knoll overlooking a large pond, the house stood like a monument to Dart’s concept of what architecture could be,” architecture writer Chris Morris in 2012.
Dart’s widow, Wilma, sold the house, on nine acres on Dundee Lane, for $1.4 million in July 2006 to Thomas and Joanne Mitchell. Thomas Mitchell has since died, and Joanne Mitchell sold the house late last month for $825,000, about 58 percent of the 2006 price.
It’s clear the Mitchells had more in the house than the 2006 purchase price, because of the large addition. The addition appears to have doubled the size of the house, but accurate before-and-after square footages are not available.
Crain’s could not reach Joanne Mitchell. Her listing agent, Jane Lee of Re/Max Top Performers, did not respond to a request for comment. The property first hit the market in May 2019, priced at $1.15 million, and took three price cuts, down to $899,000.
The buyers are not yet identified in public records. Their agent, Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk of Avondale Realty, did not respond to a request for comment.
The section of the house that Dart designed, built atop the foundation of a barn that was on the site prior to his 1964 purchase, has common brick walls, hefty ceiling beams and some tongue-and-groove wood ceilings.
The latter-day section is done in a vaguely Tuscan style, popular among some in the mid-2000s. It has a stone turret, a kitchen with a big cooking island and a hooded stove niche, arched windows in the family room and a covered stone porch.