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Henry Dubin "Battledeck" House, Highland Park, Illinois, Perspective

A work made of ink on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of ink on tracing paper.

Date:

c. 1931

Artist:

Dubin & Eisenberg
American, 1914–1932

About this artwork

The firm Dubin & Eisenburg was known for its many terracotta and brick apartment buildings in Chicago during the building boom of the 1920s. For his own house in Highland Park, Illinois, however, Henry Dubin designed a novel construction system of large steel flooring plates that were dropped into place with a crane and welded to the steel frame of the home—just like the construction method for battleship decks. From the street, the house is angular and austere, with high brick walls broken only by small strip windows, like the planar facades of houses designed by Austrian architect Adolf Loos. Dubin’s stripped-down Art Deco style employed modern materials, including rubber tile and cork floors, as well as features like continuous strip windows and a covered roof terrace facing the ravine that echo some of the most distinctive houses of the International Style in Europe.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Dubin and Eisenberg (Architect)

Title

Henry Dubin "Battledeck" House, Highland Park, Illinois, Perspective

Origin

United States

Date

1930–1940

Medium

Ink on tracing paper

Dimensions

Approx. 23.5 x 36.1 cm (9 1/4 x 23.5 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur Dubin of Dubin, Dubin & Moutoussamy

Reference Number

1988.411.10

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