Experience McCormick House: 1952-1959 – Elmhurst BMW Dealer

January 9th, 2019 by

The Elmhurst Art Museum presents McCormick House: 1952-1959, through Sunday, January 20. This is the first time you’ll be able to see the Children’s Wing of the house complete with interiors inspired by photographs from the time period when McCormick House was first used as a family home. All of us at Elmhurst BMW think you’ll enjoy seeing this time capsule of a unique, mid-century American home and we urge you to visit during regular museum hours.

cCormick House: 1952-1959The McCormick House, which is part of the Elmhurst Art Museum, was designed and built by renowned German-American architect Mies van der Rohe in 1952. It’s one of just three homes he built in the United States. Of these, only two are open to the public. Mies, as he was commonly known, was a pioneer of modernist architecture. He used glass and steel to create the McCormick House in a sleek, modern style that was a major departure from other single-family home design and construction of the time.

For the McCormick House: 1952-1959 installation, Chicago interior architectural designers Robert D. Kleinschmidt and Ryan Monteleagre of RDK Design used photographs from the interior of the home when it was occupied by original owners Robert Hall McCormick III and Isabella Gardner. Together, the architectural designers curated a collection of period furnishings to create a study, bedroom, living room and dining area in what’s referred to as the Children’s Wing of the house.

McCormick House: 1952-1959 was made possible by many generous donors, including Gary and Laura Maurer, Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond, the Elmhurst Art Museum’s Programming Committee and the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild. Loans of goods and materials for the installation were made by RDK Design, Oscar Isberian Rugs, Utopio Workroom, Cedric Hartman, The Furniture Shop, Inc. and private collections.

Even if you’ve enjoyed visiting the McCormick House in the past, you’ve never experienced it as McCormick House: 1952-1959. See how two modern interior architectural designers recapture a place in time. We hope to see you there!

Date and Time:
Through Sunday, January 20, 2019, during regular museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 6026


  • Adult admission is $12.
  • Senior admission (aged 65 and older) is $10.
  • Students with school ID, those aged 18 and under and museum member admission is free

For More Information:
Call 630-834-0202 or visit www.elmhurstartmuseum.org.

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