Austin's 'Miracle House' Proposed for Landmark Status

March 24, 2021


A modernist Austin home built as the grand prize for a church raffle would be designated as an official Chicago landmark under a proposal submitted to City Council today.

Designed on a pro-bono basis by Belli & Belli architects and completed in 1954, the three-story “Miracle House” at 2001 N. Nordica Ave. was constructed to help raise money for nearby St. William parish.

The home’s futuristic design features a pair of 36-ton steel trusses that suspend glass curtain walls and a unique open floor plan. The Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. contributed the trusses, General Electric donated the appliances, Chicago retailer Polk Bros. provided the furnishings, and trade unions offered their services free of charge.

Belli & Belli designed a number of Catholic schools, churches, and hospitals during the mid-20th century in Chicago and nationwide that were marked by structural innovations and expressive modern forms.

The 4,500-square-foot property received a final recommendation for landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in February 2021.

The designation would protect the building’s exterior and rooflines from significant alteration or demolition.



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