While H. H. Richardson's Glessner House is world famous, less well known is the Chicago house that he designed for the Glessners' friends, Franklin and Emily MacVeagh, which stood on North Lake Shore Drive until it was demolished in 1922. Both houses were designed near the end of Richardson's career, for clients who were part of the same social world, but who had very different goals for the construction of their houses. The two houses offer an excellent opportunity both to examine Richardson's varied responses to his clients and to consider what makes a successful house.

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