“It feels like we’re out here by ourselves in nature,” Elizabeth Mazan states now, a lot more than a quarter-century following she and her partner bought the property on Briar Lane in Bensenville.
The house’s romance with character is not only aesthetic. It’s also practical. Built by the firm Keck & Keck, the residence is an exemplar of their groundbreaking use of passive solar style and design, employing south-struggling with home windows with wide overhangs to improve the sun’s entry into the inside in winter when the sun is minimal and decrease it in summertime when the sunshine is superior.
That wall of home windows that frames sights of birds and deer, Mazan reported, “is pretty practical.” On several days in the winter season, “our furnace doesn’t flip on mainly because it is so heat in listed here.” In December 1951 the Chicago Tribune touted that part of the household, reporting that on a day when the temperature was zero outside the house, “inside, the thermometer reported 76 levels heat.”
The Mazans are the third entrepreneurs of the dwelling in its 72 yrs, and like their predecessors have maintained unique attributes, such as publish and beam ceilings, intensive wood paneling and trim, and apparel closets that are additional like cupboards, exterior to the wall and inset.
The two now retired—she worked as a registered nurse, and he was an accountant—the Mazans are retiring to New Mexico. They’ll set their three-bed room, 2,900-square-foot home on the market place Dec. 11. It’s priced at $442,500 and represented by Lou Zucaro of Baird & Warner, an agent who specializes in midcentury contemporary residences.