Osborn House, John Replinger Architect

“That’s not a house—it’s a village,” said one of the plumbers who worked on the Osborn house, built in 1968. Indeed, the three taller structures arranged in a U shape and connected by lower-profile sections create a sort of compound. A detached garage connected by a covered walk adds to the effect. This plan represented a new design for the architect.

In addition, the house is clad in cedar shingles, the first use of that skin by Replinger for a main residence (he had used cedar shingles for his own summer cottage 10 years earlier). The Price house, designed in the same year, would use the same covering. Note the many replacement shingles that have not yet weathered to gray.

The house uses sloped roofs and, to bring in light, several clerestories.

Osborn house, 1968 From southwest Champaign, Illinois

Osborn house, 1968
From southwest
Champaign, Illinois
(photo April 2014)

Osborn house, 1968 Champaign, Illinois

Osborn house, 1968
Champaign, Illinois
(photo April 2014)

Osborn house, 1968 Champaign, Illinois

Osborn house, 1968
Champaign, Illinois
(photo April 2014)

Osborn house, 1968 Satellite view Champaign, Illinois

Osborn house, 1968
Satellite view
Champaign, Illinois
(photo April 2014)

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