1955 Contemporary – Joliet, IL

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707 Lois Pl, Joliet, IL 60435

  • $175,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1922 Sq Ft
A JOLIET GEM. Renowned architect John Semitekol, who studied under Mies van der Rohe, designed and built this home as his personal residence in 1955; it has been enjoyed by his family ever since. A classic Mid-Century abode, with abundant sunlight and natural materials throughout. Large lot, mature trees, in one of Joliet''s best neighborhoods.
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Mike Bily, MQB Corp
(815) 741-0892

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11869 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Andrew for sharing this one!

    I love how they staged this.

    • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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      Calling a 1955 house a Contemporary makes me feel a whole lot younger!

      It’s a nice house but I’ve seen this type referred to as Garage Architecture since that’s a prominent feature from the street. Much better inside.

      • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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        Weird that I deleted this and moved it but it still showed up here.
        I realize “Contemporary” came from the realtor and the limited choice of Style boxes they have to choose from. Modern or MCM are not among the choices and they often call these Ranch houses.
        No criticism of your title intended!

  2. Ann says: 90 comments

    Like it was frozen in time.

  3. Melissa says: 230 comments

    Wow – time capsule!

  4. Julie Fuller says: 692 comments

    Total time warp! And it so reminds me of my aunt’s house in Portland OR, right down to the furniture.

  5. Katie says: 2 comments

    Love it! Though of course the original woodwork throughout causes me anxiety. It warrants preservation!

  6. KimNKimN says: 41 comments

    Yes please! What an amazing house w/amazing staging. Hope it comes furnished 🙂

  7. BethanyBethany says: 3429 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Love love love the bathrooms with wallpaper. I hope it’s bought by someone who appreciates it just the way it is!

  8. DJ says: 66 comments

    Love the open ceiling . We live in an L shaped ranch and I love the floor plan of this one.

  9. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 358 comments

    Some of the best staging I’ve seen where it elevates the house

  10. Chris says: 41 comments

    Oh be still my heart! Just absolutely breath taking. Does the furniture come with it, please? I truly hope the future buyer is someone who appreciates this time capsule and doesn’t immediately decide to “modernize” all the mid-century mod right out of the house.

  11. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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    Not many houses make it through six decades without alterations… this time capsule house is a very rare survivor. The only real appreciable changes have been to the exterior (paint colors) and are easily reversible. An interior so incredibly intact – even retaining the original kitchen and bath – is true treasure for someone seeking an authentic mid-century modern house. I hope the house finds someone who values its
    integrity rather than someone who wants to “re-imagine” it through a Home Depot filter.

    There are plenty of previously-altered houses for that!

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      I notice that the upper portion of the chimney’s exterior seems to have been re-pointed.

      I can’t help but wonder if the roof did not originally wrap around this chimney.
      The roof seems a bit truncated around the chimney as it is now, and the theoretical removal of such a roof section would explain the need to either re-build or re-point the chimney. Any ideas, anyone?

  12. bfish says: 84 comments

    It’s a beautiful house. My eye went right to the anomalous kitchen faucet however — needs a classic Dishmaster!

  13. JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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    Calling a 1955 house a Contemporary makes me feel a whole lot younger!

    It’s a nice house but I’ve seen this type referred to as Garage Architecture since that’s a prominent feature from the street. Much better inside.

  14. OurPhillyRowOurPhillyRow says: 101 comments
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    1852 Greek Revival Rowhouse
    Philadelphia, PA

    Beautiful time-capsule of a home. I could never live with so much wood, but I do hope that somebody who can appreciate it for what it is finds it and takes care of it.

  15. says: 28 comments

    I love this house. I wouldn’t change a thing, it is so fun! I love the pink kitchen.

  16. Mary says: 6 comments

    With “all things vintage” becoming a mantra for so many 20-30 aged people, I think this will be snapped up in a second. Loved the staging too, looks like the Brady Bunch just walked out.

  17. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 253 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    Very nice home, I could definitely see myself living here!

  18. This is very interesting, I love how the decor matches the house. Just out of curiosity, what is the long kitchen appliance over the counter? I haven’t seen something like this before.

  19. LisaSLisaS says: 36 comments
    1950 Craftsman

    Reminds me of the Brady bunch lol! Love it and would love all of the furniture with it as well 🙂

  20. Plasterboy says: 113 comments

    Why is it so inexpensive ? Is this a good neighborhood ?

    • KarenB says: 315 comments

      It is on the west side of Joliet and is not a bad neighborhood. I would assume because of the age of the house and not in one of the suburbs of Joliet drives the price. I lived in Joliet for many years and still visit friends there.

    • Jerrold Tibstra says: 3 comments

      I just came from a visit to the house. The neighborhood is similar and has other MCM and ranch homes in a competitive price range. IMHO the price also reflects some major structural problems with basement/foundation walls/floor and roof and chimney issues as well. It will be a project for the next owner and I’ll have to do more research to learn if it’s a cost effective project for me. I don’t even know where to start on the chip and stone roof, nor am I sure if that’s even what it’s called! The design and woodwork/built ins are wonderful!

  21. Diane says: 534 comments

    Wow that house has been loved for what it is and a wonderfully big yard. Even most of the heating vents are from the era. Seems very cheap for the historical value and neighborhood. As with all homes, I hope the person who buys wants it just the way it is.

  22. Brendan says: 84 comments

    Is there a dining area that I am missing? Also, in the room with the tier table, in the beautiful built-ins along the wall, what might the large center panel with the pull at the top be for? Though I am a Colonial Revival man, I sure can see the appeal of this mid-century modern!

    • lara janelara jane says: 470 comments
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      Good question! It really seems too large to be a vanity or desk.

      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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        Hmmmmm. It IS too big for a desk, but it would be an ideal size for reviewing blueprints. Since the owner/builder was an architect, I’m guessing that this might have been the purpose. Also, this built-in is in a room with its own exterior door adjacent to the front door… it “feels” like a home office.

        Of equal curiosity is the knobless panel centered below the theoretical pull-down review table… is this a drawer that lost a knob or does it have some other purpose? If it is a drawer, why does it not conform to all the others in terms of spacing? Does it have some connection to the large “mystery panel” above?

    • Jerrold Tibstra says: 3 comments

      There is no dedicated dining room, but in the living room, which is adjacent to the kitchen and its counter/island, protrudes a tile extension of the kitchen floor, running next to the sliding doors to the patio. I believe there is a complete pullout table and folding chairs in the desk you may see in the living room right next to the tiled area. Clever! Instant indoor/outdoor dinig area with a view!

  23. srcasselsrcassel says: 15 comments

    I’m so in love with the furnishings in this house. MCM is my personal style and I’d love to own some of the pieces.

  24. MW says: 902 comments

    Man, it takes some serious time warp lifestyle to keep the house in this kind of totally original condition. And I actually love a good MCM house. This is hardcore. All it needs is a big ‘ol late 50’s – early 60’s American land yacht parked out front to complete the picture.

    Looks like about all that was changed at quick glance was the bathroom and the kitchen fridge. And I agree, as someone said above, the roof probably wrapped the chimney. The roof likely wasn’t flashed well around it and it leaked and rotted out. Then they just tore it off and repointed the bricks and left it off. That was pretty lazy and unfortunate, but correctible if wanted. Not the best job in matching the mortar either obviously.

    • Plasterboy says: 113 comments

      You know your stuff

    • Jerrold Tibstra says: 3 comments

      The bathrooms are original, the fridge and dishwasher are not. I’d really appreciate your opinion on what it would take to either change the roofing material/and or restore the chimney. It did leak at some point, damaging the floor beneath the carpet and the basement ceiling below it. Flat and low-pitch roofs look great but aren’t particularly practical in the snowy Midwest. I’d like to know if there’s a newer and better material than the pebble roofing in place. There are no gutters, just a dam around the entire edge of the roof that directs all the collected water (in theory) to a single downspout. I suspect that this design has led to the leaking and bowed walls in the basement. That’s what worries me the most about buying the house at the moment. I wouldn’t change a thing on ground level, but there’s a lot of potential, both good and bad, in that basement.

    • Ross says: 2411 comments

      I am enjoying the debate about the Mystery Of The Exterior Chimney!

      Thank you Eric for pointing out that the roof might have originally wrapped around the chimney, and that this roofing might have been removed later, which might explain why the upper portion of the chimney has been clearly repointed.

      What I mostly appreciate, Eric, is that your comment is asked as a question rather than blanket assumption.

      Yes, the chimney might have been surrounded by a roof.

      Or it might not. What we are seeing might well be the original chimney design. With an odd repointing job.

      I have seen weirder!

  25. lara janelara jane says: 470 comments
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    That kitchen is all I need. Leave the bar stools and dishes, mkaythx.

  26. Cora says: 2053 comments

    Too cool for school!

    Not my favorite style, but this is so untouched…I can’t help but lurv it. 🙂 Those sliding-door storage cubbies (below the cabinets) are adorable!

  27. Caroline says: 2 comments

    Wow! This is great – thank you so much for the MCM post! If anyone ever finds one like this in Cook County/closer to Chicago, please let me know..I am looking for a property that I could do a combo heritage preservation/contemporary design.

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