Works House, Architect John Replinger

Meandering westward on that sunny Saturday, we came to the Works house, built in 1969 on the far west side of the urbanized area at the time. This house incorporates a shed roof, perhaps the first of John’s houses that used that design. The Slichter house and Ormsbee house, designed in the following year, used the same roof system. During that period, the architect was also using a flat-roof design with interior courts, as seen in the Peterson house (1969) and the Watanabe house (1972).

The five-year period from 1968 through 1972, during which he designed nine houses, was the most productive period of Replinger’s architectural practice.

Note the prominent, sculptural chimney hood, a feature that John often gave as a gift to his clients (by deducting the cost from his fee).

Works house, 1969 Champaign, Illinois

Works house, 1969
Champaign, Illinois
(photo April 2014)

Works house, 1969 Champaign, Illinois

Works house, 1969
Champaign, Illinois
(photo April 2014)

Works house, 1969 Chimney hood Champaign, Illinois

Works house, 1969
Chimney hood
Champaign, Illinois
(Photo April 2014)

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