Ravine Bluffs Development

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Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge (Sylvan Road Bridge)
Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge, cropped, (HAER, ILL, 16-GLENC, 3-7).jpg
Ravine Bluffs Development is located in Illinois
Ravine Bluffs Development
Location Glencoe, Illinois
Coordinates 42°08′40″N 87°45′48″W / 42.14444°N 87.76333°W / 42.14444; -87.76333Coordinates: 42°08′40″N 87°45′48″W / 42.14444°N 87.76333°W / 42.14444; -87.76333
Built 1915, rebuilt 1985
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Prairie School
NRHP reference # 78001137[1]
Added to NRHP June 23, 1978

The Ravine Bluffs Development was commissioned in 1915 by Frank Lloyd Wright's attorney, Sherman Booth Jr. It is located in Glencoe, Illinois. Six houses, three poured concrete sculptures, and one bridge were built. Five of the houses were for rent when built. All 5 rental houses share the same basic floor plan as "A Fireproof House for $5000".[2]

Client's home:

  • Sherman M. Booth House


  • Charles R. Perry House
  • Hollis R. Root House
  • William F. Kier House
  • Lute F. and Daniel Kissam House
  • William F. Ross House - differs in design from the other 4 rentals, has fireplace to the side - was purchased by architect John Eifler and was restored from 2011-2014.


The Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge, also known as the Sylvan Road Bridge, was a bridge designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and located at the northeastern entrance of the Development. It crosses over the ravine from which the project gets its name. In the 1980s, the bridge was rebuilt. It was Wright's only bridge.


  1. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - ILLINOIS - Cook County". National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "The Village Architecture | Village of Glencoe". Village of Glencoe. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Storrer, William Allin (2006). The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-77621-2.  (S.185-192)

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