Amidst the post World War II mushrooming of industry in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park, real estate developer Robert Hall McCormick, Jr. saw an opportunity to build homes for the increasing swell of newly nesting residents. He tapped famed architect Mies van der Rohe to design a prototype. This example house would serve as a study for the development, as well as a weekend and summer home for the McCormick family; it would be simple, straightforward in its design. Mies completed the McCormick House in 1952.
The house has since become a part of the Elmhurst Art Museum, its family room furnished with mid-century pieces designed by Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen, and van der Rohe, allowing visitors to experience the space as it was designed in its day.
On November 4th, the museum is premiering a documentary about the McCormick House, directed by Karen Carter, edited by Foundation’s Christina Stumpf, and opening title sequence designed by Foundation’s R. Kyle Shoup and Jennifer Moody. The film benefit, Soiree and the Silver Screen, aims to raise money for the house’s much needed restorations.
Mies van der Rohe built only two other houses in the nation during his lifetime. The McCormick House is important not only for its architectural significance and artistic encapsulation of 1950s post-war America, but also for its precious rarity.
Here is the teaser trailer we created for the film.