The home’s interiors echo the dense forest outside its massive windows.

A modern glass house is up for sale in Downers Grove, Illinois, about 25 miles west of downtown Chicago. Built in 1974, the home was originally designed by local architect Richard Marker as his own family residence. Today, the steel structure retains its original glass facade and wood interior, along with some modern updates and a large basement that nearly doubles the home in size.

Originally the home of a local architect, this steel-and-glass home is now up for sale in Downers Grove, Illinois. The structure is sited toward the back of a mostly wooded .34-acre lot, with a dense section of trees providing additional privacy from the street.

Originally the home of local architect Richard Marker, the steel-and-glass home is sited toward the back of a mostly wooded .34-acre lot. A dense section of trees provides additional privacy from the street.

Photo by Mark Gutierrez of VHT

Inside, the home offers original hardwood floors and wood-clad ceilings throughout. The current owners, who purchased the property in 2002, added a living room fireplace and completed some other renovations.

Inside, the home offers original hardwood floors and wood-clad ceilings throughout. The current owners, who purchased the property in 2002, added a fireplace in the living room and completed other renovations.

Photo by Mark Gutierrez of VHT

Offering a main level of just over 2,000 square feet, the home also comes with a partially finished, 1,440-square-foot basement. The open living and dining area is brightly lit by several skylights, which add to the natural light already flooding the home from floor-to-ceiling glass walls along the perimeter. The main level rounds out with four bedrooms and two full bathrooms, along with an office/study area. Downstairs, the basement offers a second living area, a workshop, half bath, and wet bar.

Visible outside the window, the property also comes with a detached brick garage that helps shield views from the street. The neighboring house, which Marker also designed, features no windows along the side facing this home, creating additional privacy.

Visible outside the window, the property comes with a detached brick garage that also helps shield views from the street. The neighboring house, which Marker designed as well, features no windows along the side facing this home, creating additional privacy.

Photo by Mark Gutierrez of VHT

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