February 25, 2024


Interior The Freshmaker

Architect steps out from under Wright’s shadow

George W. Maher

The Pleasurable Dwelling in Oak Park is potentially the most noteworthy of a handful of residences in the village designed by architect George W. Maher. The architect, who was a modern of Frank Lloyd Wright, is last but not least acquiring some recognition of his possess with the launching of the George Maher Modern society by Pleasant Dwelling Foundation.

Nice Residence, also identified as the John Farson Household, sits at the corner of Nice and Dwelling avenues in Oak Park. Very long-owned by the Park District of Oak Park, the house is one of the earliest examples of Maher’s interpretation of the Prairie Style. The household is mentioned on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Countrywide Historic Landmark.

Maher was born in West Virginia in 1864, and his family moved to Chicago in the late 1870s. Shortly right after that transfer, as a teen, Maher began to do the job as an architectural apprentice. In the late 1880s, he joined the business of Joseph Silsbee and labored there as a draftsman. For three years, he labored with another younger draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright.