Dove Cottage, commissioned by clients for whom we had previously designed a maisonette in a new building on Chicago's Gold Coast, was conceived as an ancillary residence to their existing, somewhat larger main weekend residence, a place for guests—particularly children and grandchildren—and a venue for summer musicales, as well as a more manageable house that might suit their future needs. Designed to give the appearance of a true cottage, its modest appearance belies its spacious and varied interiors. Angled wings extend from the broad, shingled gable roof over the central mass, and a continuous porch facing Lake Michigan unifies the composition.
At the center of the plan, the great room, like the center hall of a Shingle-style house, is articulated into areas for dining, reading, relaxing by the fireplace, or watching television. For musical performances centered around the concert grand piano the room seats sixty guests. An extended octagon in plan, the great room opens to covered porches and connects to the entry hall, the kitchen, and the breakfast room. Bedrooms are housed in the angled wings and on the second floor. The lower level accommodates a daylit playroom, a movie room, and an octagonal room decorated with a whimsical pictorial map of the Great Lakes and beyond.