At the Snyder house, Ms. Freed will provide an overview of architect Jan Ruhtenberg and what to look for in his designs. The Snyder House, built in 1947, exemplifies Ruhtenberg’s early work locally: concrete block walls, stucco exterior, concrete ceiling/roof, glass around front door, big windows/ doors overlooking the patio, wide roof overhangs for shade. This is a split level without a basement, simple and spare.
The Fanoni House (124 West Monroe), built in 1959, is an elegant ‘villa’ organized around a large atrium. It features an oval dining room, outdoor pool and wood framing instead of his usual masonry walls.
The Giddings House (130 W Monroe), built in 1958, is similar to the Fanoni house next door, but with brick walls & a unique table slab hung from the ceiling. The 1-story house is built around a curved patio.
There is some handicap access but the tours consist of exteriors only, with slopes & steps .
Restrooms are NOT available.