Ravine Bluffs Development

Ravine Bluffs Development

Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge (Sylvan Road Bridge)
Location Glencoe, Illinois
Built 1915, rebuilt 1985
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Prairie School
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78001137[1]
Added to NRHP June 23, 1978

The Ravine Bluffs Development was commissioned in 1915 by Frank Lloyd Wright's attorney, Sherman Booth Jr. It is located in Glencoe, Illinois. Six houses, three poured concrete sculptures, and one bridge were built. Five of the houses were for rent when built. All 5 rental houses share the same basic floor plan as "A Fireproof House for $5000".[2]

Client's home:

  • Sherman M. Booth House


  • Charles R. Perry House
  • Hollis R. Root House
  • William F. Kier House
  • Lute F. and Daniel Kissam House
  • William F. Ross House - differs in design from the other 4 rentals, has fireplace to the side - was purchased by architect John Eifler in January 2011 and is currently under restoration.
William F. Kier House 
Lute F. and Daniel Kissam House 
Hollis R. Root House 
William F. Ross House 


  • Bridge 1
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


The Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge, also known as the Sylvan Road Bridge, was a bridge designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and located at the northeastern entrance of the Development. It crosses over the ravine from which the project gets its name. In the 1980s, the bridge was rebuilt. It was Wright's only bridge.


  1. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - ILLINOIS - Cook County". National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "The Village Architecture | Village of Glencoe". Village of Glencoe. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 

Further reading

  • Storrer, William Allin (2006). The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press. (S.185-192)  

External links

  • Ravine Bluffs Development Markers and Bridge on dgunning.org
  • Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. IL-14, "Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge, Spanning ravine at Sylvan Road, Glencoe, Cook County, IL"
  • Ravine Bluffs Development at the archINFORM database.
  • Ravine Bluffs Development Corner Markers (1915), Glencoe, Illinois. Color photographs.
  • Ravine Bluffs Markers and Bridge on appraisercitywide.com
  • Booth House on dgunning.org
  • "Sherman Booth House" Waymark
  • Sherman Booth House on peterbeers.net
  • Booth House on appraisercitywide.com
  • Kier House on dgunning.org
  • "Kier House AKA Ellis House" Waymark
  • Kier House on appraisercitywide.com
  • Kissam House on dgunning.org
  • "Kissam House" Waymark
  • Kissam House on appraisercitywide.com
  • Perry House on dgunning.org
  • "Perry House" Waymark
  • Perry House on appraisercitywide.com
  • Root House on dgunning.org
  • "Root House AKA Gilfillan House" Waymark
  • Root House on peterbeers.net
  • Root House on appraisercitywide.com
  • Ross House on dgunning.org
  • William F. Ross House on landmarks.org
  • "Ross House AKA Finch House" Waymark
  • A Chicago Suburb Could Lose a Wright
  • Ross House on appraisercitywide.com