Herbert and Blanche Angster House
City: Lake Bluff, Illinois
Restoration Status: Destroyed by fire in 1956
The Angster house was situated on a promontory overlooking Lake Michigan. It was composed of sharp lines and geometric masses, and finished in plaster with cypress trim. Bands of casement windows and a large terrace afforded picturesque views of the nearby lake while also allowing ample natural light and air to filter into the house’s interior. The floor plan was exceedingly open and, somewhat atypically, its primary bedroom was located on the ground floor. The upper story was small, containing only a guest room, servant’s quarters, and balcony. Blanch Angster’s brother, Sherman Booth, was a patron of Wright’s, as were Cyrus and Harold McCormick, relatives of Anita McCormick Blaine, a Chicago philanthropist to whom Angster served as a secretary.