Zook: A Look at R. Harold Zook's Unique Architecture

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Proceeds from sale of this book go to the Kalo Foundation in support of their efforts to preserve the work of Zook and Iannelli in Park Ridge, IL.
The work of R. Harold Zook has been recognized as historically significant, particularly in Hinsdale, Illinois where he resided for 26 years. Zook demonstrated whimsy, spirituality and romanticism with attention to many details called fussy by some. Mary Daniels of the Chicago Tribune described his work as "Charmingly unique and superbly crafted. A Zook house smiles when it sees you, makes you feel happy and protected the moment you walk in." Sadly, many Zook homes and buildings have succumbed to the rubble pile, including the home he had designed for his second wife, Florence. It was replaced by a tennis court. In 2005 a developer bought Zook's home and studio and planned on demolition. Anonymous donors stepped up and the Hinsdale Historial Society as well as many others got into action, moving the buildings a mile-and-a-half south of their original location. This book documents that move and shows a veriety of buildings designed by Zook. Includes 335 photos and blueprints in color and black-and-white.

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Betty Green grew up in Pennsylvania and worked in ERs and Psych Units as a Registered Nurse before having children. Her interest in architecture began while living in Memphis and continued after her family moved to a Chicago suburb. She became a docent for the Chicago Architectural Foundation and discovered R. Harold Zook in 1995 when she observed one of his homes being demolished. Since then, Betty's passion for preservation has deepened.

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"This unpretentious book traces the arc of Zook's career, including his apprenticeship under Howard Van Doren Shaw, his entry in the 1925 Tribune Tower competition and his beguiling homes." --Blair Kamin, Architecture Critic, Chicago Tribune

"Green has a remarkable eye for detail and her photographs are assured and dramatic. The book...is a visual treat that would beautifully complement a more conventional biography of the architect." --Publishers Weekly

"Roscoe Harold Zook's ambitious imagination defied conceptual and architectural limitations, creating a legacy of residential gems and significant public buildings" --Keith Bringe, Director, Chicago Art Deco Survey

"Green has a remarkable eye for detail and her photographs are assured and dramatic. The book...is a visual treat that would beautifully complement a more conventional biography of the architect." --Publishers Weekly

"Roscoe Harold Zook's ambitious imagination defied conceptual and architectural limitations, creating a legacy of residential gems and significant public buildings" --Keith Bringe, Director, Chicago Art Deco Survey

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