A history and our vision

The story of our relationship with this house begins with our twin house next door. Four years ago, in a hot and competitive real estate market, my wife and I fruitlessly searched for a home to buy for our expanding family. After seeing one boring home after another, this was a breath of fresh air.

It was truly unique. It was impeccably renovated and every surface was new. The spaces were small, sure, and it lacked a bath tub and master bath, but it had the spaces we needed. It even had a beautifully finished basement. What it lacked in spaces it made up for in finishes and unique architecture.

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Welcome to Orth House II (Carnsland)

Orth House II is one of two twin Prairie School style houses in Winnetka designed by Walter Burley Griffin as an investment property for William S. Orth and constructed in 1908. Griffin worked for Frank Lloyd Wright before striking out on his own, and these twin houses were one of his first commissions after leaving Wright. He is most famous for winning an international competition to design the capital city of Australia, Canberra. Orth House II is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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