Zook (Paperback)

A Look at R. Harold Zook's Unique Architecture

By Betty Green

Ampersand, Inc., 9780981812687, 152pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

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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 variety of buildings designed by Zook. Includes 335 photos and blueprints.