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Chicago IL

Edgar Miller Legacy
Written By Edgar Miller Legacy

Edgar Miller Legacy advances the appreciation of the life, philosophy and work of Edgar Miller.

The last of Miller’s architectural works, this building was completed in 1936 and designed by Andrew Rebori, Miller’s long-time friend and architectural consultant. Miller designed the façade and installed numerous decorative elements from bas relief plaques to stained glass windows to carved doors and gates. There are 13 units.

“Home life, whether in an apartment house or residence, in not a mass-production process, but a social adventure which demands the leavening influence of grace and beauty” - Rebori and Miller in a contemporary Architectural Record article on the building

The building is one of very few “art moderne” structures in Chicago, and it is a city landmark. Inside the gate you can see the quiet, enclosed courtyard which Miller had experimented with on his earlier projects.

“The design of the modern small apartment house at 1209 North State Street, Chicago, presented us with an unusually interesting opportunity to work toward a conception of how an organic modern architecture can achieve compact, livable, light housekeeping units in minimal workable space, with added factors of comfort and beauty” - Rebori and Miller
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